In the midst of the worst hurricane season in the nation’s history, the state of Texas is grappling with a problem that has plagued its construction industry for decades: A shortage of skilled labor.
For the past five years, construction firms across the state have been forced to cut back on the number of workers needed to finish construction projects, a trend that’s led to construction cranes becoming the only means for construction workers to make a living.
In Texas, construction crane workers are paid about $18 an hour, about three times less than construction workers in other states, and the shortage of workers has forced many companies to lay off hundreds of workers.
In the past few years, Texas has become a magnet for high-tech workers who are seeking better wages, more flexible schedules and a better working environment, as well as a new breed of engineers.
Greg Abbott and his administration have been working to fix the problem and help boost construction companies’ bottom lines.
The problem with the problemThe shortage of construction workers has led to cranes being used to build highways, highways and transit projects in Texas, and it’s resulted in thousands of construction jobs being lost, according to data from the Texas Department of Transportation.
The problems facing Texas construction companies aren’t unique to Texas.
The shortage has affected more than half of the U.S. construction industry, according the American Institute of Architects, a trade group that represents construction contractors and subcontractors.
More than a dozen states and cities are dealing with similar shortages of skilled workers, and construction companies in Texas have been among them, said Brian Gorman, an assistant professor at the University of Houston who studies labor markets.
For years, Abbott has pledged to help the state’s construction industry and has proposed a variety of ways to help boost the sector’s wages and paychecks.
But his administration has been bogged down in a number of bureaucratic problems that have led to a lack of progress on the issue.
One of those is a lack the number and type of construction contracts.
The state has no law requiring that contractors provide wage and hour information to the Department of Workforce Development, the agency that provides contracts and labor protections to businesses.
That information is required under a state law that was signed by Abbott in 2017, but it hasn’t been implemented.
That means the public doesn’t know how much a contractor is actually making, which can cause a company to raise prices to lure potential workers away.
And even if the state had a law requiring employers to provide the wage and hours information, it’s not clear how it would work.
Many contractors rely on an array of subcontractors to work with them.
And many subcontractors don’t have the same level of training as a major construction company.
“If you can’t tell the contractor that they have to tell you, how do you tell them that you need a $18-an-hour minimum wage, or $16 an hour?,” Gorman said.
Texas has the highest state minimum wage in the country, at $9.35 an hour.
However, the current minimum wage is $10.40 an hour in Austin, and some contractors in the city have said that they’re paying more than that.
In January, a federal judge in San Antonio ruled that the state must pay the higher minimum wage to all contractors who hire construction workers, regardless of size.
But it has not yet been enforced, and several other states are expected to join the suit.
The other problem is that the number that companies are paying to workers is a “dysfunction,” Grolman said.
It’s difficult to know what the actual wage is for someone who is not an experienced contractor, he said.
“There’s not a whole lot of guidance out there, so it’s hard to know exactly what the average wage is.”
One way to address the problem is to pay more people to work at construction sites, he added.
A solution to the problemA number of companies are making progress in the battle against the shortage, including an Austin-based company called Mowbray.
The company has installed a system in its cranes that gives workers more flexibility than the state requires, allowing them to work from home or work on site without having to sign a contract.
“We have people who have been doing construction for 25 years, they’ve never seen anything like this before,” Mowbrey said.
“It’s been really a challenge for us.”
The company has partnered with a union that represents a group of construction laborers and is now using the union to negotiate better contracts for contractors.
In a statement, the company said it was committed to providing better benefits and higher wages for its workers.
“Mowbraya is an employer of record, with strong track records in providing excellent wages, benefits and working conditions to our workers,” the company wrote in a statement.
“In order to improve our employees’ lives, we have made some changes to the way we pay our contractors.
We are making