The prolonged recession has had at least one positive effect:
The roofing industry no longer speaks much about labor
That does not mean, of course, that the issue is behind us;
rather, I fear it has been deferred to another day of reckoning
when the situation will be worse than ever. I believe this for at
least two reasons.
For one thing, our industry will have downsized, losing good
workers who likely will have found other jobs or, in some cases,
returned to their homes outside the U.S. Either way, it will be
difficult to bring them back.
Additionally, the U.S. population continues to age. Our work
force's makeup is—and increasingly will be—a
demographic issue. An aging population does not bode well for our
industry's ability to find entry-level workers and keep them long
enough for them...
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