72.3 According to a recent forecast from the International Data Corp., mobile workers will account for 72.3% of the U. S. workforce by 2023. 100,000 An HVACR Workforce Development Foundation report estimates more than 100,000 new HVACR mechanics and installers will be needed in the next seven years due to growth and retirements. 11.8 From HARDI's TRENDS eport,average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 11.8% in August. HARDI noted six of seven economic regions reported double-digit growth. The 11.8% number is up from July’s 9.1% figture 80 From the manufacturing buying group Prime Advantage’s 14th Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey, 80% of respondents expect to be at or above previous year’s revenues and 83% anticipate maintaining or increasing revenue performance in 2016. 5.5 According to a study conducted by GMP Research and commissioned by Plumbing Manufacturers International, only 5.5% of California’s 33.5 million installed residential and commercial toilets are high- efficiency models using 1.28 gpf— the WaterSense standard for toilets evaluated to be 20% more water efficient than other plumbing products meeting federal standards. 84 Additionally,84% of respondents to the Prime survey are prioritizing indirect spend to control costs. 46 Also from the Prime Advantage survey, a lack of qualified workers remains the top threat to manufacturing growth among members for a second consecutive year with 46% voicing the concern, down from 53% in 2014. 44 Further, HVACR WDF research shows HVACR employees are having a difficults time filling posotions,especially for refrigeration and HVAC technicians — 44 and 36 days longer respectively — than the national average of 29 days for similar positions.
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