SOURCE: Industrial Info Resources

Industrial Info Resources

September 16, 2013 06:20 ET

High Craft Labor Populations Provide Resources for Shifting Industrial Activity, an Industrial Info New Alert

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2013) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- As industrial trends shift in the U.S., the areas of intense industrial construction change. As previously reported, Industrial Info is expecting an extreme increase in labor demand in certain areas of the U.S. in the coming years. 

The most recent quarterly update of Industrial Info's Gulf Coast Region Labor Market Analysis forecasts that in the Gulf Coast region between Brownsville, Texas, and Pascagoula, Mississippi, labor demand for 13 skilled crafts, including welders, pipefitters, ironworkers and more, could increase 51% between 2013 and 2015, while IIR's Great Lakes Region Labor Market Analysis forecasts that labor demand in this region of the U.S. will increase approximately 24% through 2016. Other areas, such as North Dakota, where oil and gas production from the Bakken Shale and the construction of necessary infrastructure are taking off, will also continue to pull in a substantially increased amount of craft labor in the near future.

So where in the U.S. is this craft labor located? Industrial Info's latest Labor Assessment Annual Subscription provides continually updated information about where skilled craft labor is currently concentrated, as well as the areas showing the highest- and lowest-percent growth for these craftsmen.

The fact that some of the largest pools of skilled craft labor are along the Gulf Coast, where refining, LNG and petrochemical activities are strong, probably comes as no surprise. The Lake Charles, Louisiana, area is predicted to see growth in skilled craft labor from approximately 1,346 people in 2012 to more than 13,600 people in 2014.

Other areas of growth shown in IIR's Labor Assessment Annual Subscription may be more surprising. Strong craft labor populations and growth are present in eastern Oregon, and the greater St. Louis and Columbus areas, all of which have seen at least a 100% increase in craft labor population between 2012 and 2013, with continued growth through 2014. Large projects in the Power, Oil & Gas and Industrial Manufacturing industries are contributing to growth of the craft labor population in these areas.

The areas with high populations of skilled workers represent significant recruitment areas for craft labor for major upcoming industrial projects across the country, and craftsmen in these areas could be pulled away in response to higher wages and increased benefits offered elsewhere.

Industrial Info's Labor Assessment Annual Subscription for recruiters and employment executives provides insight into where the highest and lowest craft labor populations exist, and the percentage rates of historical and forecast growth and contraction. To learn more about this product and the shifting labor market, contact Tony Salemme, vice president of Industrial Info's Craft Labor Group, at or by calling (209) 547-9878.

Industrial Info Resources (IIR), with global headquarters in Sugar Land, Texas, three offices in North America and nine international offices, is the leading provider of global market intelligence specializing in the industrial process, heavy manufacturing and energy markets. Industrial Info's quality-assurance philosophy, the Living Forward Reporting Principle™, provides up-to-the-minute intelligence on what's happening now, while constantly keeping track of future opportunities. To contact an office in your area, visit the "Contact Us" page.

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