Construction booms during the summer months, especially highway building and road work, reports Brookings Institution fellow Adie Tomer. But summer construction positions only represent 15% of the 14.5 million infrastructure jobs found nationally. Instead, more than 77% of infrastructure workers set their focus on different assets during the course of the year.
Construction workers fixing roads during the summer benefit from the short term work, but it’s really the bus drivers and cargo agents that benefit the most from this work in the long run.
Infrastructure workers usually earn more competitive wages compared to other workers nationally without having to overcome education barriers. As up to 3 million infrastructure workers retire or leave their jobs over the next decade, an enormous gap in the labor market will need to be filled.