There is a current cultural stigma surrounding traditional “blue-collar” jobs, which could have damaging effects on the upcoming workforce generation and America’s infrastructure.
However, the U.S. labor market is in desperate need of skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, construction laborers, stonemasons and electricians.
John Cataneco, a PeopleReady Skilled Trades representative recently told Fox News Digital that “we don’t have enough labor” for these kinds of positions, and data from their study shows an increase in demand for skilled trade workers of 23% from March to May alone.
This sudden surge likely comes from attempts to vertically integrate America’s supply chain after pandemic disruptions but there are other factors at play as well according to RedBalloon CEO Andrew Crapuchettes who spoke with Fox News Digital about this issue.
He noted how baby boomers have passed down a cultural stigma towards blue-collar work to younger generations who often prefer white-collar jobs instead due to being part of the “social media generation.”
Unfortunately, this lack of interest has led young people away from taking up blue-collar work despite its potential benefits such as not having to take on heavy student loans or learning important values such as hard work ethics and calluses that come along with chopping wood all day according to Crapuchettes.
The shortage of skilled workers has already caused an increase in housing prices due to lack of available labor and employers are also facing difficulty finding reliable candidates with only 10-30% showing up for interviews after applying online for these positions.
The solution? Paint a picture bigger than just earning a paycheck by highlighting meaningful aspects like building the future for your own family or even your community says Crapuchettes who encourages young people interested in blue-collar work to look into junior college programs combining modern computing technology with hands-on applications in order to help fill the gap left by retiring baby boomers while still being able to financially support themselves and their families without accumulating large amounts of debt.