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Construction’s Age Problem: A Foreboding Exodus of Experience

Article-Construction’s Age Problem: A Foreboding Exodus of Experience

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About one in five construction workers is 55 or older. Failing to recruit and retain labor soon could mean a sudden dearth of experienced workers.

Construction’s workforce isn’t getting any younger. In 2022, the median age of construction and extraction occupations workers was 41.2, and about 45% of construction workers were 45 and older, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data available.

That’s due in part to the aging of the overall population—the nationwide median worker age in 2022 was 42.3—but construction has felt that increase more than other industries, according to BLS

The causes for the workforce’s age increase are many and so are the trend’s potential detrimental impacts.

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