One of the biggest obstacles facing the housing and construction industries is the workforce shortage, with more than 80 percent of employers reporting a deficit of skilled labor. As Housing First Minnesota and the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® hosted the second annual Housing Day at the Capitol this March, the shortage of skilled workers dominated the conversation.
Hundreds of housing industry leaders attended the event and met with legislators from across every corner of the state to discuss the workforce shortage and other issues facing the industry.
“All facets of the housing industry are experiencing this issue, from a shortage of carpenters, roofers, welders, plumbers and more,” said David Siegel, executive director of Housing First Minnesota. “It is clear that this problem is not going away any time soon.”
Other issues addressed in meetings with legislators were the regulatory burden, affordable inventory shortage and tax conformity. View photos, read more about the issues discussed and where they are in the legislative process on page 6.