Labor and material challenges continue to plague construction industry

Cavina T Morris

The Columbus skyline appears alive with cranes, but down on the ground, problems remain in the construction industry.

While construction demand remains strong in central Ohio and beyond, material and labor shortages are making it difficult for contractors to meet the demand. 

An annual survey released Thursday by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk found that 88% of firms are experiencing delays in projects. Among those firms, 75% cite material shortages as the reason, while 61% face labor shortages.

“Market conditions are nowhere near as robust as they were prior to the onset of the pandemic,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.

“At the same time, the pandemic and political responses to it are limiting the size of the workforce, leading to labor shortages.”

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