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Housing starts dip for the third straight month

by Erika Beras Aug 16, 2019
But they're up compared to a year ago.
A construction worker builds the frame for a new home in Rodeo, California.
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Does a dip in construction spending indicate an economic slowdown?

by Ben Bradford Aug 1, 2019
Construction spending fell more than a percentage point in June, the second drop in two months.
A worker builds a new home in Phoenix, Arizona in 2013.
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Will the housing shortage ever end?

by Amy Scott Jun 25, 2019
A decade after the housing bust, new construction has been slow to recover.
A construction worker carries lumber as he builds a new home in Petaluma, California, in 2015.
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The townhouse makes a comeback

by Amy Scott Jun 18, 2019
Rising home prices and changing demographics are boosting demand.
A "For Sale" sign in the front yard of a D.C. home.
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Where have all the condos gone?

by Amy Scott May 31, 2019
These days, builders prefer more lucrative apartments and townhouses.
A new development in Denver will feature 120 condos, at an average price of $440,000.
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The master craftsmen tasked with repairing Notre Dame

by John Laurenson May 9, 2019
The specialist skills have been passed down from generation to generation.
Apprentice Enzo Degouet learns old metal roofing skills.
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Can Cleveland require contractors to hire local workers?

by Adrian Ma Apr 30, 2019
The Supreme Court of Ohio will decide.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland is undergoing a $185 million renovation. The construction firm on the project has voluntarily agreed to comply with a local ordinance that requires contractors on certain publicly funded construction projects allocate at least 20% of the work hours to Cleveland residents.
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Facing a labor shortage, construction tries to rebrand

by Amy Scott Apr 11, 2019
To recruit more young people, employers talk up technology and higher pay.
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More houses are rolling off the assembly line

by Amy Scott Feb 22, 2019
Amidst a shortage of affordable housing, factory-built homes stage a comeback.
A nearly-finished house, divided in two halves, is about to be rolled out the factory doors.
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Construction backlog has builders upbeat, but workers are hard to find

by Adrian Ma Feb 11, 2019
According to a recent survey, 78 percent of construction contractors are having a hard time finding workers to fill open positions.
According to a recent survey, 78 percent of construction contractors are having a hard time finding workers to fill open positions.
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