The labor shortage in construction is challenging many contractors and builders in Door and Kewaunee County, according to one local builder. A recent report from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA) shows that nearly 80 percent of construction companies want to hire more workers this year. John Nimmer from Forest Construction in Luxemburg says the opportunity to work in the trades has never been greater.
The construction industry has lost 600,000 jobs since the 2008 recession, according to the AGCA study. Nimmer, who has been in the building industry for 40 years, adds that the workplace safety protocols have drastically improved over the years.