The homebuilding industry still needs thousands of workers, and it's looking in new places to hire

Sep 17, 2020
A training program for high school students in the juvenile justice system aims to expand the pool of candidates for entry-level jobs.
A construction worker roofing an apartment complex in Uniondale, New York. Construction, generally considered essential, has continued in the pandemic.
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A house being built in Phoenix. Residential construction fell 4.5% in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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273,000: A blockbuster number for the February jobs report

The number, coming before the coronavirus outbreak intensified, crushed expectations.
Unemployment fell back to 3.5% in February.
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Mild winter and revamp investments boost Home Depot

Feb 25, 2020
Home Depot posted better-than-expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter.
Home Depot reported better than expected sales and profits, partly due to a mild winter.
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Homebuilders still need more workers

Feb 18, 2020
"The labor shortage continues to be the number one issue for homebuilders," one economist said.
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Meet Rocio, 24, construction worker

Feb 18, 2020
The Bureau of Labor Statistics would categorize Rocio’s job most broadly as “natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations.” One in 10 workers work jobs in that category.
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What happens when a robot can lay bricks?

Jan 23, 2020
The story of how a small band of inventors and engineers built a machine that could lay bricks. It's way harder than it sounds.
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The rise of the high-rise

Jan 21, 2020
As more and more people want the amenities of urban living, there's nowhere to build but up.
At 44 stories, Baltimore's new 414 Light Street is the tallest apartment building in Maryland.
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Wage gains have slowed, but some sectors are still hot

Oct 31, 2019
The Labor Department's October jobs report is expected to show a sharp slowing in job creation in a still-tight labor market.
Construction is one of the industries that has seen wages increase.
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Housing starts dip for the third straight month

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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