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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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Restaurants struggling to hire, despite high unemployment

Aug 27, 2020
The pandemic is worsening the labor crunch in an industry that's been short-handed for years.
A chef prepares patrons' meals at a restaurant in Tampa, Florida.
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Could fruit-picking robots solve the labor shortage on British farms?

Dec 10, 2019
Brexit has led to a dearth of seasonal migrant workers in the United Kingdom. Robo pickers could plug the gap.
Rubion, a strawberry-picking robot from Belgium.
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What Maine's "elder boom" means for the rest of the country

It could be a preview of a caregiver shortage to come.
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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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How a labor shortage is giving leverage to blue-collar workers

Mar 25, 2019
And what companies must do to adapt in this economy
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U.S. short on long-haul truckers

Mar 13, 2019
Trucking companies are boosting pay and trying to make the lifestyle more amenable to a new generation of drivers.
61-year-old Petru Strugari of Portland, Oregon, says driver pay is rising at trucking companies, just as costs rise for parts and maintenance to operate his own truck.
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What worries China's manufacturers more than tariffs? Labor shortages

Dec 4, 2018
The country's workforce has shrunk 3 percent from 2012 to 2017; now its economy is slowing.
Huade High Voltage Electric needs a dozen more workers to keep up with demand.
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Labor shortages and high cost of materials depress homebuilding, industry says

Jul 18, 2018
Builders are looking into long-term solutions.
A worker saws wood at Canal Crossing, a new luxury apartment community consisting of 393 rental units near the university city of New Haven on August 2, 2017 in Hamden, Connecticut. 
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Employers prepare for 'A Day Without A Woman' protest

Mar 7, 2017
Organizers of Wednesday’s planned “A Day Without A Woman” protest are asking women to stay home from work to underscore their economic contributions. Women make up nearly half the U.S. workforce. Organizers of the protest also want women to only patronize women and minority-owned businesses. It’s unclear how many people will participate, though a few […]