In the Phoenix area, home builders are getting creative at finding solutions to the shortage of skilled labor. Here's KJZZ on what they are doing:

The housing market here is definitely in recovery mode. New home starts in the area are up by almost 250 percent from the height of the recession and demand is increasing. The only problem?

"They’re selling them faster than we can build them," said Toby Thomas, the president of Austin Electric, a state based electrical subcontractor.

Right now, the workforce isn't keeping up with demand, and the gap is significant. Thomas said at his current staffing levels, his company is often three days behind on jobs.

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