South Carolina could face a lack of construction workers even as the state experiences a boom in new projects.
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, a survey by the trade group Associated General Contractors found companies are having a tough go at finding qualified construction employees. The survey found that contractors plan to keep hiring more people. The shortfall comes as construction workers in South Carolina are making higher wages and having the opportunity for additional overtime.
Federal government statistics show that the average construction worker in South Carolina makes more than $900 a week, up 10 percent from last year.
The survey also found that 83 percent of South Carolina contractors said they are having a hard time finding craft workers, who make up the heart of the business. That rate compared to 69 percent nationally.
According to the survey, seven in 10 contractors in the state said they plan to bring on more people over the next year, although few think it will be easy to find qualified people.