Skilled workers in short supply in Utah

Like many construction companies in Utah, Big D’s desperation can be summed up in two words: Help Wanted.

"I’ve been in construction for 25 years and I’ve never seen it like this," said Forrest McNabb, Big D senior vice president of operations. "Skilled labor is so hard to find right now."

Utah’s economy continues to add jobs at the highest rate in nearly a decade – nearly 39,900 new positions in the year that ended August 31 for a job growth rate of 3.6 percent. Only a few other states can claim higher job-growth numbers so far this year, leaving employers in several industries facing shortages of qualified workers.

The opportunities aren’t only in construction, where low interest rates have caused a flurry of activity and total employment is up more than 11 percent over last year. Jobs are being added in a variety of industries, including education, health services, financial services and hospitality, said Mark Knold, Utah Department of Workforce Services senior economist.

By Lesley Mitchell
The Salt Lake Tribune

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