From Reuters, more on the labor shortage in home building:
Eight years after the housing bust drove an estimated 30 percent of construction workers into new fields, home builders across the country are struggling to find workers at all levels of experience, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The association estimates that there are approximately 200,000 unfilled construction jobs in the U.S. - a jump of 81 percent in the last two years.
The ratio of construction job openings to hiring, as measured by the Department of Labor, is at its highest level since 2007.
"The labor shortage is getting worse as demand is getting stronger," said John Courson, chief executive of the Home Builders Institute, a national nonprofit that trains workers in the construction field.