SUGAR LAND, Texas, Sept. 14, 2017 () — In 2017, the Houston metropolitan area has experienced a consistent pattern of skilled labor shortages in certain crafts. Hurricane Harvey will only exacerbate these shortages. The affected areas include Harris County, the Houston Ship Channel, Baytown, Texas City, Galveston and Freeport, which have shortages of local journeymen in 10 of the 12 studied crafts.  A tight labor market has allowed for extra compensated journeymen in several crafts, including scaffold builders, pipefitters/plumbers, boilermakers, operators and welders. Industrial Info expects that millwrights and electrical and instrumentation persons will be in high demand for plant re-commissioning.

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