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'Big Shortage' of Employees in Northland Construction Industry

Updated: 03/31/2014 11:04 PM
Created: 03/31/2014 11:03 PM WDIO.com

The construction industry is climbing back after some rough years, and now contractors are hiring.

Dozens looking for work were finding opportunities at the Workforce Center in Duluth Monday. Construction experience is always helpful, but experts say the demand for workers is so high it's a great time for anyone to get into the industry.

"We represent contractors and suppliers, and everybody is looking for work or looking for employees," said Nick Olson, president of the Arrowhead Builders Association. "There's a big shortage in the building industry right now and it's becoming bigger."

Olson says the construction demand is being fueled by remodeling more than new homes, but it is still a good sign. 

Another job fair is coming up on May 7th at the DECC in Duluth.

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