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Industry leaders ask for government help as trades shortage worsens

Construction industry leaders are asking the federal government for help in easing the worsening shortage of workers.

According to a survey from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Autodesk, 80% of construction firms say they are having difficulty filling hourly and craft positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 300,000 vacancies in the construction industry this June. The industry is projected to need 747,000 more employees by 2026.

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