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JOBS: Home building industry growing in Mid-Michigan

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The issue of Flint's water woes has been front and center in recent months. Despite that, the area’s home building industry has been thriving, creating dozens of jobs in Mid-Michigan.

Lieutenant Governor Bryan Calley spoke in Grand Blanc Wednesday, calling for more skilled laborers to help keep the home building industry moving and putting locals to work.

Anyone looking for a job is encouraged to help fill the growing gap in the construction business.

“This is a great opportunity for people to either get started in a brand new career right out of school or if they're in a transition or looking for a better opportunity for their family,” Calley said.

There's been a decline in skilled labor workers across the state over the past decade but the demand for builders continues and it's expected to grow considerably in the greater Flint area.

The Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation said there are plenty of skilled labor job openings in Genesee County and more are on the way.

According to the foundation. there are currently eight openings for plumbers, pipe fitters and steam fitters around Flint.

The average hourly rate for the job is more than $38. Employment in the field is predicted to grow by 13.2 percent by 2022.

There are 17 openings for electricians. They average more than $37 an hour and the field is expected to grow by 13.9 percent.

There are 29 local jobs available in carpentry, taking home an average of more than $30 an hour. Employment among carpenters is forecasted to surge by just over 16 percent in the next six years.

Finally, there are 38 openings for construction laborers in the greater Flint area. They enjoy one of the highest rates of growth in their field, a projected 17.4 percent by 2022.

If you're interested in a skilled labor career you can find a variety of resources from Skilled to Build Michigan, just click here

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