Weekly Update: June 8, 2017

NAHB Legislative Conference Next Week

We will have at least 21 Iowans represented at the NAHB Midyear and Legislative Conference meetings next week in Washington D.C.  On June 14, we’ll ask federal policymakers to move forward on several key issues, including reducing regulations that harm small business, reforming the nation’s housing finance system, protecting tax incentives, promoting sensible energy codes and more.  Here is our schedule for June 14 – 100% connectivity with our legislators!

  • Congressman Young – 10:30 a.m.
  • Congressman King – Noon
  • Congressman Blum – 1:00 p.m.
  • Senator Ernst 2:00 p.m.
  • Senator Grassley – 3:30 p.m.
  • Congressman Loebsack – 5:00 p.m.

NAHB has developed videos and a brochure detailing these issues and they are of vital interest for home builders and the housing industry. Thank you for all of your efforts to make sure the home building industry – a key driver of the nation’s economy – thrives.

Watch the videos

Read the brochure

For more information about NAHB’s 2017 Legislative Conference, visit nahb.org/legcon.

The Aging Workforce Does not Help our Labor Scarcity

A scarcity of labor remains an important headwind for home builders and the entire construction industry. NAHB analysis of the most recent 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) data reveals that the median age of construction workers is 41, which is the same as the median age of the overall labor force.

As home building continues its recovery, there are significant labor market developments. Unfilled jobs in the construction sector have been on a generally rising trend. Moreover, while the residential construction sector has been adding net jobs, nearly 714,600 more positions since the low point of employment after the Great Recession, home builders continue to cite labor shortage as a top business challenge. The median age of construction labor shows regional patterns. States with older construction workers are in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest. For example, the median age of construction workers is 47 in the state of Vermont, followed by 46 in Rhode Island, and 44 in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Construction workers are younger on average in the central part of the nation. Half of all construction workers in Nebraska, and Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming are under 38 years of age.

The ACS data also permit an examination of median age by occupations. The medians are presented by occupations below. Construction occupations with younger workers include helpers, roofers, and equipment operators. Older workers are concentrated in managerial positions such as inspectors, construction supervisors and construction managers.

  The Ames Parade of Homes kick off party Tuesday night at First National Bank was a great time.  Over 80 members were signed up.  Near perfect weather, great food, drink, and networking – how can you beat that?

HBA of Greater Siouxland Classes

The HBA of Greater Siouxland is offering the following upcoming training classes at the HBA/Sioux City Construction League Office.  Click here for complete class details.

  • 4-hour Lead-Safe Renovator Training – Tuesday, June 20th  1pm – 5 pm
  • Initial 8 Hour Lead-Safe Renovator Training – Friday, June 23rd  8 am – 5 pm
  • First Aid & CPR Training – Monday, June 26th  10 am – Noon
  • Hydronics & Plumbing Safety – Friday, June 30th  (4 CEU’s available) (Hydronics – 8 am – 10 am) (Plumbing 10 am – Noon)

Pre-Registration is required for all classes by calling 712-255-3852.

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