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Shortage of Construction Workers as Housing Market Improves

 iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Construction jobs are coming back, but where are the workers?  

The revival of the housing market and commercial real estate has many contractors scrambling to find qualified workers.

“The crunch is affecting a handful of states, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa and Florida,” says USA Today.  “It’s expected to worsen across the USA over the next few years.”

Contractors reportedly are raiding each other's job sites in some states to look for workers who either left the field, retired or moved somewhere else.  It’s a problem that could spread as the economy improves.

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