Contract Surety

Construction Labor Shortage Risks Performance


According to the Associated Builders and Contractors, there were nearly 7 million open construction jobs in the United States as of July 2018. The biggest reason for the shortage is a lack of skilled construction workers available within the labor pool. This shortage has led to an increase in open positions within the industry of 55%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in September 2018. Unskilled workers have attempted to fill the open void, as the only labor pool available, but this has led to more danger on the job site as well as decreases in job quality and speed.

As construction project numbers have jumped, contractors have more projects on their plate and more risk of unsatisfactory performance with the pressure of more projects and fewer qualified workers. Claims have risen in roofing, exterior cladding, plumbing, and HVAC particularly. More work having to be done at quicker speeds with less skilled workers leads to more claims. This makes performance bonds all the more important as satisfactory performance becomes harder to achieve for contractors in this day and age.

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