LAS VEGAS, NV – After the recent rebirth of Las Vegas – with jobs, the real estate market, and the economy all in the midst of an unprecedented boom period – housing is in great demand, and unfortunately current inventory is unable to meet that demand. In an attempt to close the gaps between the haves and the have-nots, one job market in particular has seen a massive uptick: the construction field, and employers are desperate to get their hands on as many able-bodied workers as humanly possible.
According to reports, employment in the Las Vegas construction industry has jumped over 18 percent from the same period one year ago, with nearly 70,000 people employed locally as of December 2017; that represents nearly 11,000 construction jobs added in the Southern Nevada region over the course of just 12 months, which is a startling amount of growth in such a relatively short amount of time.
The construction industry took a hard hit in Vegas when the housing bubble burst in the mid-2000’s leading to numerous layoffs and projects that were literally abandoned and left to sit dormant for years. However, after a resurgence of the local economy leading to record employment and real estate growth, people are heading to Las Vegas once again to take advantage of booming opportunities for investments and jobs, and houses, apartments and condos have been snapped up almost as quickly as they’ve become available. This status has seen prices for abodes leap as inventory dwindles, and efforts to build new lodgings to accommodate the need as seen resurgence in the construction industry as well.
Representatives of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters anticipate that their membership numbers will increase by over 50 percent in the upcoming year-and-a-half, and are putting together portable classrooms in order to be able to meet the swelling ranks of workers that are needed. Even now, with the increase in construction jobs in Vegas – the region is currently 18 percent over the U.S. average for number of jobs held in the field – development is still behind the curve when it comes to demand, as Nevada is experiencing a population growth rate that is second in the nation, behind only Idaho.
Despite the growth in construction over the course of the last year, employment in the field is still below the peak years before the housing bubble burst, a time when over 112,000 were employed to erect houses, casinos, and office builds; contrast that with only 34,800 jobs available during the very heart of the recession in 2012.
However, at this current rate of growth, the Vegas of today stands to not only eventually catch up, but eclipse the region’s mega-successful days past, with developers working on countless housing tracts, apartment buildings, offices and warehouses; in addition, there are also huge projects in the works that promise to remake the entirety of Southern Nevada with construction underway on the Oakland Raiders’ 65,000-seat football stadium, the Las Vegas strip’s Resorts World Casino, and a huge expansion of the Vegas Convention Center, as well as countless other projects. Needless to say, Vegas needs construction workers, and the need will only increase in intensity as time goes by and demand for housing increases more.
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