A scarcity of workers has been a notable headwind for home building and other parts of the construction industry in recent years.

National Association of Home Builders economics department analyst Na Zhao takes a look at the Census American Community Survey to note that the median age of a worker in the overall construction sector is 42. That compares to a 41 median age for the overall workforce. Zhao notes:

Median ages tend to be somewhat higher in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest. For example, the median age of construction workers is 45 in the state of MaineNew Hampshire and Connecticut. Lower median ages are found in states in the central part of the nation, with the youngest medians found in Utah (36) and North Dakota(38). Anyway you look at it, construction needs a pipeline of younger workers to enter the trades.

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