Hurricane Ida recovery delayed by shortage of skilled workers
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics finds the number of trade laborers has dropped since 2018
Construction companies in the South are in desperate need of more help.
The national shortage of skilled workers is slowing down recovery in some of the hardest hit areas this hurricane season, such as Louisiana and Texas.
Local contractors say they're overwhelmed trying to keep up with the demand.
"People are depending on us," said Allen Gautreaux, the manager of Ameristar Roofing in Houma, Louisiana. "If we don't do our job, then nobody is getting help and people need help here."
Since Hurricane Ida hit in late August, Gautreaux says his office receives at least a hundred calls a day.
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"It's extremely overwhelming," Gautreaux said. "We're pulling resources from everywhere, getting materials from here, there, wherever we can."