Like most industries, construction reacts to the world around us. As the economy grows and businesses expand, construction projects tend to grow as governments and corporations invest more money in development. Then, as it retracts, we see some cuts and closures across the board. The addition of a situation like COVID-19 can make the future feel less predictable. But, despite the natural ups and downs of the construction industry, there’s one long-term truth: the future of construction matters more than ever, and there will continue to be a demand for hardworking construction crew members. Even in challenging times, construction remains an essential part of our economies and communities, and the people who work in construction know this.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction union membership held strong in 2020. In fact, construction jobs will continue to grow over the coming decade, and the industry is poised to recover the ground it lost due to COVID-19 restrictions and slow project progress. The BLS noted in its Occupational Outlook Handbook for Construction that “overall employment of construction laborers and helpers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Construction laborers work in all fields of construction, and demand for laborers should mirror the level of overall construction activity.”
What does this mean for Kentucky’s construction industry? Overall, the need is the same: encourage more people, both young and current professionals, to consider careers in construction. At I Build America – Kentucky, we’re helping to create resources and materials to help spread awareness about the great advantages of working in construction. For instance, did you know that the $49,459 is the average salary for a construction worker in Kentucky? And it’s never too late to start — the average tradesman is 47 years old!
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