Contractor fearing construction worker shortage


LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An Acadiana contractor says there are fears of a labor shortage on the horizon.

The National Bureau of Labor Statistics has released figures showing the construction industry's need for workers will grow twice as fast as the average for all industries. This means that builders could face a 1.6 million-worker shortage by 2022.

However, Seth Lemoine of the Lafayette-based general contractor The Lemoine Co. tells The Advertiser ( ) that the shortage could hit Louisiana sooner.

He notes major projects such as South Africa-based Sasol's new $16 billion ethanol plant in Westlake and Cheniere Energy's plan for a receiving terminal in Cameron Parish. And he says some are forecasting a shortage of 80,000 to 85,000 workers in Louisiana over the next three years.


Information from: The Advertiser,

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