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The labor shortage in the construction industry is one of the biggest drivers of rising construction costs—which some reports estimate have increased 30% year-over-year. The labor shortage impacts both new development and redevelopment projects in commercial and residential markets. Now, the industry is starting to respond to the problem. The National Kitchen and Bath Association is the latest organization to take a step toward closing that gap. It recently hosted the #NextUp event in Las Vegas, hosting graduating high school students to introduce the career opportunities in construction.

“We have done a fair amount of studies in the fall last year, and the data was very specific and allowed us to develop a strategy to support closing this gap ourselves,” Bill Darcy, CEO of NKBA, tells GlobeSt.com. “One of the things that was pointed coming out of our study was 74% of members reported that it has been difficult to recruit of hire skilled trade over the last 12 months. Even more so, 48% of members said that it is difficult to recruit or hire with the professional trade, such as designers and architects.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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