Shortage of construction workers in Mesa County affecting various projects

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Construction workers are building new homes to meet the housing demand, but the industry doesn’t have the employees it needs to get the job done quickly.

At a time when new home construction and improvement projects are booming, a contracting company in Colorado says COVID-19 wiped out its crew, causing shortages.

Shawna Grieger with Western Colorado Contractors Association says, “employees that were affected by COVID, it took out whole crews, it took out a lot of our workers for short periods of  time where certain projects had to  be on time.”

Derek Hamilton, President of WCCA, says the younger workforce is qualified but isn’t getting into the industry like it used too, “young Americans aren’t going into trades like they used too, that’s something the WCCA is working on getting into  the local schools working with the education, trying to make sure  that the kids is a viable route for a career for their future.”

Grieger added, “no matter what age you are, no matter what status if you’ve never been in construction, there’s incredible opportunities throughout Colorado right now that you can get into the construction industry.”

Anyone willing to lace up a pair of boots can likely build a bright future.

Hamilton also says, “there’s a lot of pathways to success through the construction industry.”

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