Eastern Shipbuilding Group (‘Eastern’) is a shipbuilding company in Panama City Florida that builds commercial vessels for the offshore oil industry operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Steward was asked to examine Eastern’s need for a temporary peakload need for additional workers to fulfill an unusually heavy load of contracts over three years due to the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the sustained rise in the price of crude oil during that time period. When the demand subsides Eastern’s ability to find workers within its traditional labor market has proved virtually impossible. In his report Dr. Steward provides six sections: background on the business operations of Eastern and current labor demands labor market data a discussion of the number of workers estimated to be potentially available to meet Eastern’s employment needs labor market demand and labor supply factors focused labor market information relevant to the specific Eastern job openings and a discussion of the length of time the labor peak is expected to last.