A recent article on the Florida construction economy highlights the concerns that local industry leaders have about the availability of skilled craft professionals. Not only are Florida contractors feeling the ripple effect from the petrochemical construction markets in other states, surging growth in local markets is expected to create additional demands for skilled craft labor. ABC Gulf Coast Chapter President Steve Cona also mentions the demographic concerns that many in the industry have about the impending retirement of Baby Boomers,
“Nearly 21 percent of skilled construction workers are 55 or older, and 29 percent are 45 to 54 years old,” said Cona, “We’re not replacing those people fast enough.”
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