Diesel, Lumber, And The State Of Staffing – November 21, 2017

The weekly changes in the price of diesel and lumber give a quick snapshot into the state of staffing in the construction and distribution industries.

Diesel Price Tracker

Diesel prices give a snapshot of the state of staffing in the trucking industry

National Average Price Per Gallon: $2.912

Petroleum output cuts in the Middle East caused global oil prices to rise today, although the average price of diesel in the United States fell by $.003 compared to last week.

However, global price increases were capped by an increase in production in the United States.

OPEC has been decreasing output in an effort to end a global oversupply and raise prices.

Meanwhile, the number of U.S. oil rigs continues to rise, from 316 in 2016, to 738 as of last week.

Diesel prices give a snapshot of the state of staffing in the trucking industry


 Lumber Price Tracker

Random lengths – framing lumber: $438

Random lengths – panels/plywood: $466

Framing lumber prices rose again this week, but only modestly (increasing from $436 to $438). Overall, prices have held steady during the last few weeks. Mill orders have remained within seasonal norms.

Prices for plywood and structural panels have continued to fall. OSB prices have plummeted in all producing regions.

Lumber prices give a snapshot of the state of staffing in the trucking industry

 


Staffing & Job Market News

Employers are still struggling to find enough workers to fill their open positions. The two main challenges they list as a barrier to hiring are still a lack of skilled candidates, and a lack of candidates willing to accept the wage being offered.

This month research from the payment processor ADP found that workers who recently switched jobs saw bigger wage increases than their former coworkers who stayed with the previous company.

This wage increase held true for teachers, nurses, construction workers and even hotel employees.

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Sources: Random Lengths, EIA, CNN Money, CNBC