The skilled-labor workforce is aging. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that by 2020 the shortfall of skilled workers in America will reach nearly 10 million. Additionally, the average age of American skilled workers is 55 years old, and a recent Gallup poll revealed most Americans are retiring by the age of 62, according to Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI). These combined factors create a growing labor shortage problem in the HVACR and construction industries. However, many experts have agreed that recruiting more women to these industries may be part of the solution.

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