There are two things that have been keeping construction industry workers in check: The recession and climate change.
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NHAB), construction workers in the United States experienced a 13% decline in full-time jobs between 2008 and 2015, a drop that was exacerbated by the downturn in the economy.
While this may sound like a good news story for workers, the reality is that there is still a large workforce of construction workers who are unable to find full-timers due to climate change and the lack of new construction jobs.
“It’s really a cyclical thing.
The recession is always going to affect workers, and it has since 2008,” said Chris McAlpine, president of the NHAB.
“There’s not much to say about it except it’s very difficult.”
In an interview with Business Insider, McAlpines son, Kevin McAlpin, said there is a lot of confusion about climate change as to why the construction sector is so hard hit.
“We have an unemployment rate of 4.5%, and we are going through a cyclic recession, and we have a construction industry that’s struggling,” he said.
“People just don’t understand that it’s a cyclically driven economy.”
McAlpine said he is confident that the construction workforce will be able to rebound.
“The construction industry is very resilient to any downturn, so I think it’s going to bounce back.
And the people that are left behind are going to have to take some of the hits.”
McLaughlin said that while the downturn has caused the construction job market to shrink, he believes that is the wrong way to look at it.
“There are a lot more people that could be working in construction today, and they’re not going to be displaced.
So that’s a good thing,” he added.
McAlpin is not the only one that believes that the recovery is going to come from the construction labor force.
McDermott, who has worked in the construction trade for 15 years, said that he believes the downturn is having a profound impact on the construction supply chain.
“They have no workers,” he explained.
“And the companies are doing everything they can to reduce the number of workers.
And so they’re losing people in the industry.”
McDermot said that if the construction work is to continue at its current pace, there is going be a lot less work in the coming years.
“You’re not just going to see more people in construction.
You’re going to find more people making it on their own,” he concluded.