Mark Reihl, executive director of the Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters, said the government stats don't separate workers in residential construction from those working on commercial projects. Crews putting up commercial buildings are more likely to be union workers, making more money than residential carpenters and receiving greater levels of job training, he said. He said there isn't a shortage of carpenters for commercial projects.And such people had marketable skills. Residential construction is more cyclical, but new tradesmen cannot be trained in a season.
"I think there are problems with residential because coming out of the recession, a lot of those workers probably moved on to other things because the recession was so long and so deep," Reihl said.
IT TAKES TIME TO TRAIN THE APPRENTICES.
The pace of new construction, particularly of commercial and industrial buildings, is increasing, and some builders have unfilled job openings.