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Homebuilders still need more workers

by Amy Scott 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

by Maria Hollenhorst 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.
Ben Hethcoat
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What happens when a robot can lay bricks?

by Bridget Bodnar and Kai Ryssdal 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

by Amy Scott 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.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

Wage gains have slowed, but some sectors are still hot

by Mitchell Hartman 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

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.
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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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