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Trade workers needed for Omaha's fast-growing construction market

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT)-- Omaha is the fastest growing construction job market in the country. Nearly 6,000 new construction jobs were added in the metro area over the past year. The industry is in need of workers.

According to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, there are 300,000 unfilled construction jobs nationwide currently. An additional 700,000 needed by 2026.

Carpenter and general contractor Corey Woods says the lack of skilled workers affects all levels of construction. This creates higher costs and delays in completing projects.

“We have projects going on right now in the local community where we are pulling out of state workers in just to do the work,” said Woods.

Brian Turmail with Associated General Contractors of America says, “We're preparing a lot of over-educated baristas and we're not preparing a lot of craft professionals." READ MORE

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