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Lack of skilled workers

     I was talking to my sister yesterday, and the issue of finishing her house came up.  The house is dried in, but they cannot finish, because there are no available drywall hangers or finishers in the Detroit market.  She has been told that they have all left the area in search of work in areas that are more prosperous.   On the other end of the spectrum, while pricing a job in Nashville, we were told to include  cost for bringing all of the workers from Atlanta, because anyone who can so much as swing a hammer in Nashville, already has a job.
We are fortunate to be in Atlanta, where there are still workers available, but the demand for them outside of the Atlanta area will drive up costs as outside markets attempt to woo our workers away from Atlanta, making it tougher to get as many skilled workers as we would like on the jobs. This will ultimately lead to longer timelines for jobs and higher pricing to entice workers to stay in the area.  I also read an article in Policitco, recently, that there is a chronic shortage of new housing in the country.  If this is true, it is yet more evidence that the shortage of skilled works will not go away soon. 

                                                                                                Mark Williamson

                                                                                                President | Randolph Williamson



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