Homebuilders say they can't find enough workers despite better pay

Jan 20, 2022
Demand is pushing up wages, but not enough, some say, to bring young workers to the door as older ones head for the exit.
The construction industry is dealing with a labor shortage as older workers leave the field and too few young people choose to join it.
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Homebuilders are facing another shortage: housing lots

Nov 18, 2021
Alone with materials and labor, available lots are in high demand.
In additing to a shortage of supplies and labor, there's now a shortage of lots for home builders.
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Homebuilders are optimistic in spite of supply chain issues

Oct 19, 2021
A large number of buyers are chasing not enough homes on the market.
A house under construction is seen in Culver City, a neighborhood of Los Angeles on Nov. 21, 2020.
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New wood products plant in Minnesota will create jobs, could help climate

Aug 9, 2021
The facility would have ancillary benefits for loggers and truckers, and its building materials would keep carbon locked up, expert says.
The timber industry around the town of Cohasset could see an economic boom thanks to the planned construction of a new mill.
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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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It's getting more expensive to build a house

May 18, 2021
The land, labor, supplies, and permits add up.
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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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Housing starts pick up — prices too

Aug 18, 2020
Lumber prices are surging, along with prices of Chinese-made components that go into building a home.
A construction worker roofing a New York residence in May. Housing starts were up more than 22% in July.
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Home design is adapting to the pandemic, too

Aug 17, 2020
New features include dedicated work space and antimicrobial surfaces.
Consumers want some kind of quiet space or designated work space in their homes.
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Why does it cost so much to build new houses?

Mar 11, 2020
We break down one builder's complaint: government regulations.
A new development in Lanham, Maryland, where rowhouses start at $355,000. The builder chalks up about 11% of that price to regulatory costs.
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