ARLINGTON, VA—As a measure of the uptick in development nationally, the Associated General Contractors of America reported Wednesday that 25% of construction firms are turning away business because of labor shortages. The AGC also said that year-over-year employment in construction expanded in 223 metro areas, declined in 72 and was stagnant in 44.

“Many construction firms looking to expand their payrolls are finding a surprisingly tight labor market,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist with AGC. “These expanding labor shortages threaten to impact construction schedules as firms struggle to find enough qualified workers.”

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