The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provide funding streams that target expansion, maintenance and remediation of a wide range of infrastructure systems and assets. This will spur an unprecedented number of new infrastructure jobs.

Is our workforce aligned, willing and ready to take on these new jobs?

Our research, based on a proprietary dataset of job postings in the U.S. from January–April 2021, examines the open and close date of all infrastructure jobs to determine which of them take the longest to fill in our current economy. The research finds that infrastructure jobs remain harder to fill than those in other industries, despite high competition across employers for talent. For more details, download report.

Use this tool to dive deeper into your congressional district data. Specifically:

  • identify the number of infrastructure job postings
  • see median time-to-fill for these postings
  • discover the difference in time to fill for infrastructure jobs relative to jobs in other fields
  • calculate the share of postings that are deemed “hard-to-fill”

Addressing infrastructure workforce challenges will require policy makers at all levels to work together and to encourage partners – such as workforce boards, schools, colleges and universities – to proactively design programs that meet local labor market needs. It will also require employers to be active co-investors in designing solutions for their talent shortages, and to look to non-traditional sources of talent.

Learn more about infrastructure jobs in our current economy by downloading the report.

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