• December 20, 2017

MPR News

Martin Moylan | October 31, 2017

People running construction companies throughout Minnesota complain a lot these days about not being able to find enough workers. And they’re worried about a major crunch in the coming years.

The housing bust and Great Recession a decade ago devastated the trades as jobs dried up and workers left the field. In Minnesota, employment in the sector has rebounded significantly, but it’s still short of its 2005 annual average peak of some 129,000 jobs. Complicating matters: Many who remain in the field are nearing retirement.

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