SOURCE: Industrial Info Resources

Industrial Info Resources

July 11, 2013 06:20 ET

Lake Charles Spearheads Tightening Gulf Coast Labor Demand, an Industrial Info News Alert

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwired - Jul 11, 2013) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- The second-quarter update for Industrial Info's Gulf Coast Region Labor Market Analysis shows that future labor demand for industrial construction along the Gulf Coast is continuing to grow at exponential rates, leading to severely tight labor markets within the next two years.

Industrial Info 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 due to several labor-intensive mega-projects that will be kicking off in the near future. This represents an increase from 86.1 million required man-hours this year to 134.3 million man-hours in 2015, with requirements returning to current levels only in 2020.

Industrial Info is tracking more than 700 major capital projects valued at $179.1 billion that are scheduled for construction in the region between 2013 and 2018, up from 564 anticipated projects in 1Q13. One of the most significant areas for increased labor demand is in the Lake Charles, Louisiana, metropolitan area, for which demand for skilled craft labor is expected to more than triple between 2013 and 2015, rising from 9.19 million labor hours this year to more than 34.79 million hours in 2015.

Within the Lake Charles area, Industrial Info is tracking 12 major capital projects valued at more than $1 billion each, of which 10 are scheduled to kick off between now and 2015, causing the tremendous uptick in labor demand. As is to be expected, the majority of these projects are for LNG-export facilities still awaiting approval from the Department of Energy to export to countries with no free trade agreement in place with the U.S. 

Drawing on Industrial Info's Project & Plant Database, our Gulf Coast Region Labor Market Analysis subscription solution provides detailed information for nine metropolitan along the Gulf Coast from Brownsville, Texas, to Pascagoula, Mississippi, and includes:

  • Historic and forecast labor hour needs and supply for each metropolitan area through 2020 for 13 skilled crafts
  • Industrial capital and maintenance spending estimates through 2020
  • Current wage rates and expectations for the future
  • An executive summary detailing the causes and expectations for changes in labor supply and demand, and more

The analysis is a subscription-based product with quarterly updates, providing the most recent information and statistics as capital and maintenance project activity in the area changes.

For more details, contact Tony Salemme, vice president of Industrial Info's Craft Labor Group, at or by calling (209) 547-9878.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Tony Salemme
    (209) 547-9878