The Reno-Sparks region’s exploding economy and expanding skyline are creating demand for more construction workers — a lot more.
There’s a problem: The mounting pressure to meet project timelines comes at a time when the building-trades industry in Northern Nevada and beyond is suffering from a severe shortage of workers.
And the problem isn’t going away anytime soon. By 2026, an estimated 29 percent of the current construction workforce in the U.S. will retire. By 2031, that number will grow to 41 percent, according to the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) — meaning, nearly half of the industry’s workforce will be retired in just over a decade.
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