May 9, 2018

Upcoming Labor Shortage Opportunity For Young Texans


AUSTIN - Following the Business and Industry Committee hearing earlier this month, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) encourages young Texans to explore careers in construction and skilled labor.  


"We need skilled workers and we need them now," remarked Guillen. "There are plenty of good jobs out there in construction and skilled trades like electricians, and there will likely be even more openings in the next few years. This is a great opportunity for young South Texans."


Before Hurricane Harvey, Texas was already facing shortages in the labor markets for construction and skilled trades jobs. After Harvey, an estimated 200,000 homes were damaged and construction companies are overwhelmed with rebuilding due to the limited workforce. Guillen sees this challenge as an opportunity for career-driven South Texans.


"Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and it laid bare just how short of construction and skilled trade workers we are," said Guillen. "College and a four year degree is not the path for every South Texan, and we must work hard to make sure that those pursuing different paths also have the resources and job training they need so that they can go out and rebuild Texas."


Representative Guillen has worked with officials from all levels of government during Hurricane Harvey and will continue to do so throughout the recovery period. Recently, Guillen has advocated for the addition of Port Mansfield to the General Land Office's (GLO) Action Plan on the use of federal Harvey recovery money so that it can rebuild.


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and