The national unemployment rate remains close to 5.0%, indicating a shrinking of available workforce. NARI is conscious of the struggles by professional remodelers to find skilled workers. NARI will work with Congress, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other agencies to increase the pool of skilled workers available to the remodeling community. NARI supports increased training opportunities that will lead to greater access to skilled labor, without discrimination based on labor affiliation. In addition, NARI supports efforts to integrate Career and Technical Education back into High School curriculums across the country. Students today must be made aware of the option of a career in the Trades. In addition to working with government entities, NARI will continue to participate in Workforce Development Coalitions with other industry partners to help bring attention to this problem as well as work on solutions.