Officials to Release New Data Showing the Severity of Construction Worker Shortage Nationwide


and By Region and State* During Media Call on Wednesday, October 22 at Noon EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — On Wednesday, October 22 at noon EDT, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will release new data showing the severity of construction worker shortages nationwide and by region and state* during a media conference call at (800) 874-4559 (verbal pass code VT64858). The new data is based on a comprehensive survey of construction firms nationwide and includes data on how many firms are coping with labor shortages and what some of the possible causes are for tight labor conditions.

Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist, will release the new worker shortage data and identify measures public officials should take to increase the supply of qualified workers. Jared Branch, talent acquisition manager for Woodlands, Texas-based Webber Construction and Mike Kenig, vice chairman of Holder Construction in Atlanta, Ga. will discuss construction labor conditions in their markets. Mark Clifford, director of the ACE Construction Academy in Portland, Ore. will talk about the value of offering skills-based education programs. Following the announcement, Simonson, Branch, Kenig and Clifford will answer questions.

WHO: Ken Simonson, chief economist, Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va.
Jared Branch, talent acquisition manager, Webber Construction, Woodlands, Texas
Mike Kenig, vice chairman, Holder Construction, Atlanta, Ga.
Mark Clifford, director, ACE Construction Academy, Portland, Ore.

WHAT: Release of New Data Showing Severity of National, Regional and State* Construction Worker Shortages

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHERE: Toll-Free Call-in Number: 1-800-874-4559
(Canadian Toll Free 1-800-696-0876)
Verbal Pass code (to be given to the operator): VT64858

CONTACT: Brian Turmail, (703) 459-0238 or

*Regional data available for the Northeast, South, Midwest and West. State data available for Ala., Calif., Colo., Ga., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kan., La., Mo., Neb., N.C., N.D., Ohio, Ore., Tenn., Texas, Va., Wis. and Wash.

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