USA: Sacramento new home construction slowed by worker shortages
The economy has improved, and demand for new homes is on the rise, but Sacramento home builders are sounding a new alarm: They can’t find enough construction workers.
In Davis, partly built houses are sitting idle for days at The Cannery subdivision because there aren’t enough workers to deliver materials. In Roseville, builder Meritage Homes reports that houses are taking months longer to finish because contractors don’t have enough stucco workers, drywall crews, painters and other tradespeople.
And in Sacramento’s central city, construction superintendent Gregg Uttecht says he is feeling the pressure of falling behind schedule at The Mill on Broadway, a residential community, for lack of workers.
“These are big buildings, and to get them (built) in the time frame the owners want, I’d need six electricians, and the most I have is two,” Uttecht said, standing in the dirt next to a cluster of four-story model townhomes under construction.