Labor-shortage-drumbeater Roger Herman would be proud that:
-Today’s Financial Times reports that in Australia, “some mining investment projects have been mothballed through lack of suitably qualified engineers.”
-At the Texas oil rig company Beacon Maritime, “the lack of adequate labor is a factor in accepting new contracts … The company wants to more than double its labor force … but recruiting is coming up short for welders, fitters, apprentices, carpenters, plumbers and electricians,” according to the Beaumont Enterprise.
-California raisin growers, in the agricultural valley areas, are short of the employees they need.
-Meanwhile, in the California desert areas, “growth in residential building has stretched the local labor supply thin. Local contractors also have been hard-pressed to find qualified laborers, planners and managers for projects … A result is that some housing projects have faced building delays,” according to the Desert Sun.