- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A new survey shows contractors in South Carolina are having a harder time finding construction workers than those in most other states.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/2bK38f9 ) that a report from the Associated General Contractors of America finds most contractors surveyed across the state plan to hire more people - even though the workers they have are pulling in higher wages.

The survey released Wednesday finds 83 percent of South Carolina contractors surveyed said they are having a hard time finding workers compared with about 70 percent nationally. In July the construction industry in South Carolina added about 5,500 workers - up more than 6 percent from July of a year ago.

The average construction worker in the state now makes more than $900 a week.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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