Associated Builders and Contractors today released its seventh annual Merit Shop scorecard, a ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, career development and technical education , strengthen construction careers and advocate for fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects. Arizona is ranked as the second largest business climate in the construction industry.
Florida returned to the top of the rankings this year thanks to the state’s continued encouragement of fair and open competition and innovative approaches to recruiting and developing professionals in the craft industry, many of whom see construction as an alternative. interesting to careers negatively affected by the pandemic. Strong year-over-year, Florida placed fourth in 2020 and took first place in 2018 and 2019. Arizona followed Florida in second place this year, down from first in 2020 Rounding out the top five, South Carolina was third, Georgia was fourth and Wisconsin was fifth. Other states to receive an A rating in 2021 include Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
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“The resilience of our exceptional industry was fully demonstrated throughout the year,” said Ben Brubeck, vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs at ABC. “From economic and regulatory headwinds to talent shortages, supply chain bottlenecks, high inflation rates and a lingering pandemic, ABC member companies continue to invest in their people and to perform work in a safe, ethical and profitable manner. Top states in this year’s ranking, like Florida and Arizona, are setting the national standard for policies and programs that empower our contractors to do what they do best to deliver a job. that improves our communities. Equipping the construction workforce with the tools to be successful, such as policies that create an exemplary business environment for merit store construction contractors, is important to local and national economic stability and the future vitality of this industry, especially given the expected increase in public construction projects in the coming year.
Notable declines in the 2021 rankings include Massachusetts, which fell eight places due to decreased investment in workforce development and subsequent results, and Virginia, which fell six places due the final implementation of a costly and unnecessary prevailing wage and the repeal of the policy. government neutrality on project work agreements. The lower tier of states includes Alaska, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Illinois, and Washington, each receiving F ratings in project labor agreements, wage policies, and the right to work.
The 2021 Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard assesses state laws, programs, policies, and statistics in seven categories: Project Work Agreements, Current Pay Laws, Right to Work Laws, Public-Private Partnerships, workforce development, vocational and technical training and employment growth rate.
Learn more at meritshopscorecard.org.