According to a recent article from the Denver Post, Colorado has shifted from an employer’s market to a job-seeker’s marketseeker’s market. Wanted: Construction workers. Oil and gas industry workers. Manufacturing workers. Technology workers.
April was the state’s thirtieth straight month of job growth, and 70,000 more jobs are expected to be added by year’s end. The unemployment rate is currently at 6 percent — the lowest it has been since November, 2008 — and its expected to drop to around 4 percent in the next couple of years, the article stated.
The downside to that? There may be a shortage of workers in sectors such as construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, and technology. Already, said the president of the local chapter of Associated General Contractors of America, Michael Gifford, there are shortages in the state of framers, drywallers, electricians, plumbers, pipe-fitters, sheet metal workers, welders, roofers, and all types of equipment operators.
For every one person entering a construction field in Colorado, he stated, two more are retiring. At a recent Colorado State University job fair, 100 companies showed up to express interest in 63 graduates of the school’s construction management program. Construction industries compete with the oil and gas and trucking industries for the same pool of workers, the article stated. Trucking companies have begun offering signing bonuses in order to attract employees.
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