Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Big projects tap labor to the limit.

Byline: John W. Flores Journal Staff Writer

Albuquerque's construction work force remains taxed to the max as mega projects at the Big I and Intel continue, with only spot shortages of workers showing up.

"There have been big increases in construction that supposedly led to some bottlenecks; those I think are being addressed," said Gerry Bradley, a New Mexico Department of Labor economist.

"We've heard reports of some of that," he said, referring to shortages of skilled workers. But "there is more a mismatch between skills and available jobs than there is a real shortage of workers."

Last year, economic growth created more than 10,000 jobs in the Albuquerque area. With unemployment hovering at or below 4 percent over the past year, and several other construction projects in the works statewide, experts expect demand to remain high for laborers of almost every kind.

"We could always use some more help, no doubt about it," said Gray Kite, construction manager for Twin Mountain Construction Co. …

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