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Between refurbishing its failing infrastructure to a rebound of Atlantic City casinos, the construction industry in New Jersey is poised for growth, says Kyle Hammerschmidt, president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors – New Jersey Chapter. In a Q and A with the news website Construction Dive, Hammerschmidt said the biggest challenge now is finding the skilled workers to fill open positions.

“There are an estimated 500,000 construction job openings in the United States right now, and that number would dramatically increase if Congress and President Donald Trump pass an infrastructure bill,” he said. “That, combined with the fact that approximately 40 percent of the construction workforce will be of retirement age in the next four years, poses an even larger workforce shortage risk to our industry than we’re currently experiencing.”

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