US Construction Industry Lost 570K Mexican Workers: Report

By Kelly Knaub (September 22, 2015, 11:28 PM EDT) -- The construction industry in the U.S. has lost 570,000 Mexican workers since 2007, many of whom have likely returned to their home country and will not return to the U.S. because of increased immigration control and economic opportunities in Mexico, according to a report released Monday.

There were 1.89 million Mexican construction workers in 2007, compared to 1.32 million in 2014, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting, which released the report.

Two out of three builders are unable to find enough carpenters and framers, and 40 to 50 percent of other builders — including masons, painters, electricians, plumbers and roofers...

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