While the housing bust drove many out of the construction industry, an increase in housing demand has left many companies scrambling to find enough workers to keep pace. Reuters staffer David Randall takes a look at this lack of construction workers and the effect that it is having on the housing market and the economy overall.

Randall points out that one issue is the lack of interest in these jobs. For example, Colorado has pledged $10 million over three years to fund free training for plumbers, electricians and carpenters yet there is a struggle to attract potential workers:

Yet Michael Smith, who heads a Denver-based nonprofit that administers the training, said that he can't fill the seats. High schools are focused on preparing students for college, ignoring those that may be better suited for vocational work. Students may be put off by construction's reputation as a dangerous, cyclical field, he said.

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