America is in desperate need of more tradespeople as employment levels surge and older workers leaving the industry are not being replaced by new apprentices, a leading economist within the building industry in the United States says.

In a recent statement, Associated General Contractors of America Chief Economist Ken Simonson said a surge in both hiring and offering worker overtime was encouraging, but pointed to a looming shortfall of workers and would eventually push up wages and trade prices. “There is a limit to how much overtime…