Shortage of construction workers in Nevada County reaching critical levels | TheUnion.com
Excerpts from theUnion.com:
Barbara Bashall, Executive Director of the Nevada County Contractors’ Association, describes the local skilled labor shortage: “It’s terrible. It’s really critical right now. “Companies are screaming for employees,” Bashall said.
Keoni Allen, President of Sierra Foothills Construction Company and a board member of the nonprofit Nevada County Contractors’ Association,
- A journeyman electrician earns $100,000 a year.”
- “If you measure that against going to a four-year university and coming out with thousands of dollars in student loans, it’s a pretty big swing.
- “Smart, motivated young people can always get themselves on-the-job training,”
- “You can get someone to hire you and teach you. The labor shortage problem is that severe.”
- “There are not enough young people coming in to replace the people who have retired or left the industry. There’s not a darn thing that happens in the world without construction. Every other industry needs us.”