In a series of special questions on the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Index Survey, respondents were asked to report the availability of labor in 15 specific construction trade occupations.

Over half of the remodelers who responded reported shortages in 12 of the 15 categories in the third quarter of 2017. Over 90% of respondents reported a shortage of labor available to perform rough or finished carpentry work in their projects. Over 40% reported that these shortages were serious. Over 70% of remodelers also reported shortages of framers, bricklayers, masons, drywall installers, and concrete workers.

For every one of the 12 trades covered by NAHB’s RMI survey in both years, the share of remodelers reporting a shortage jumped by more than 10 percentage points between 2016 and 2017. The most common effects of the shortages have been causing remodelers to pay higher wages, forcing them to raise prices to customers, and making it difficult to complete projects on time. These are the same effects single-family builders cite most often.

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