Mike Rowe has been saying that for years.we're gonna be in trouble in a few years.
From the Washington Post newspaper article I mentioned earlier: "Steyer blames some of the shortage on cultural assumptions about working in fields like construction or electrical work. “Over the last 20 years, there has been very negative messaging to millennials and Gen Z about the trades,” he said. “There were a lot of articles saying, ‘All blue collar jobs are going to go away, everyone is going to be a knowledge worker or a care worker.’” That’s going to have to change. Some projects are already underway to increase the pipeline of available electricians...There are skilled trade labor shortages everywhere.
Concrete masons top the list with 904% growth in demand compared to pre-pandemic numbers.
Electricians have risen 130%.
Plumbers are up 129%.
And carpenters are up 121%.
And of course trucking. There is also a shortage of skilled auto mechanics.
This seems like a fairly broad issue of increased demand for skilled trades coupled with not enough people and a low unemployment rate.
Plus, many don't want to do manual labor. They are going to be a tiktok influencer or video game star.
Seems like we need to get more people who don't mind manual labor, train them, pay an attractive wage. Where will we get these people?