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Homebuilding slows in April with both labor and lumber in short supply

May 18, 2021
"All of a sudden, these guys don’t have the wood to start supplying some of these jobs,” one analyst said.
Both labor and lumber are in short supply when it comes to building new homes.
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Commercial construction faces a rocky year but skilled workers are still needed

Apr 20, 2021
Study shows commercial construction employment is still down about 5% from before the pandemic.
Study says any ramp-up in big and expensive projects will lag the overall economic recovery.
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Facing "grim" outlook, construction industry awaits Biden infrastructure plan

Feb 1, 2021
The new administration is expected to unveil a $2 trillion proposal this month.
Construction workers at a project in New York City. Over the past four years, the industry has been frustrated by infrastructure-spending promises that never materialized.
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Facing a labor shortage, construction tries to rebrand

Apr 11, 2019
To recruit more young people, employers talk up technology and higher pay.
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Builders battle freezing temps to keep construction boom going

Feb 21, 2018
With tight deadlines, construction often doesn't stop for the weather.
"You just gotta suck it up," said Kai Yee, a laborer in Cleveland, Ohio when asked how he deals with extreme cold. “If [you] can’t do the job, they’ll bring somebody else who can. Everybody’s replaceable.” 
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