Several unique factors have worked together to contribute to a shortage of skilled highway construction workers in Atlanta.
The city's population has grown more than 12 percent since 2010, putting additional strain on the highway system. However, between 2007 and 2013 there was a 37-percent decrease in the number of construction jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, due largely to the recession that started in 2008.
The number of construction jobs has increased every year since 2013, but many skilled workers left the construction industry and have not come back since conditions have improved. This has created a significant shortage of construction workers in all fields, including highway construction.
In 2015, the Georgia legislature passed House Bill 170, which generates additional revenue for highway projects, leading to greater demand for skilled labor as projects funded by the bill begin.
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