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"There's no Room at the Inn"

I was reading an article about how the Prineville Oregon data center electricians have to stay in hotels and even camp out because there isn't enough housing available for all the workers.

"We have 300 or 400 electricians working here, and they're having difficulty finding places to stay." Jeff Kerr, Senior project manager, Rosendin Electric.

"At some points, there are probably 350 electricians working here. I didn't think there were that many electricians in all of Oregon." John Beach, manager at the Executive Inn.

I was out traveling through Oregon and Washington a couple of months back, and many electrical contractors shared similar stories. The large data center projects were drawing electricians away from their other projects often leaving them shorthanded.

While the lack of housing in Prineville is somewhat unique, the shortage of trained electricians for data center jobs isn't new or going away anytime soon. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts the employment of electricians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The job prospects for electricians should be very good as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants.

With the shortage of electricians on the horizon, don't be surprised by rising labor costs and the desire to quickly get electricians in-and-out of job sites. As electrical contractors begin to experience these problems, many have sought out prefabricated power solutions, and that includes PDU Cables power cables. PDU Cables quick turn, UL Listed, labeled, and pretested prefabricated branch circuit power distribution cables make for faster and easier installation, saving time, labor and money.

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