Northern California construction industry needs more workers after wildfires, remodeling boom, net-zero-energy push

14 May 2021

While hospitality and restaurant businesses are casting about for workers as government pandemic restrictions ease, local construction employers have been calling for qualified job candidates for years. And the want for workers is getting more dire for North Bay builders, an official overseeing an $8.1 million construction education center project said at an industry conference Wednesday.

Construction is the second-fastest growing industry for jobs in Sonoma County, with 9% anticipated between 2020 and 2023, according to Sonoma County Economic Development Board figures presented by Catherine Williams, Ph.D., who leads the Santa Rosa Junior College Construction Center project.

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