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Construction industry missing key tool: Skilled workers

from NPR

It's a beautiful day and Jeremy Smith, the business manager for a school district in northern Wyoming, is showing off the new Tongue River Elementary School — or at least the plot of land where the school should be. The school was supposed to be under construction by now, but last month state officials said they didn't have the money. The district sought to keep costs down by borrowing the design for its new school from one that had been built last year in a nearby town.
"[That school] was built for about $211 a square foot," Smith says. "When we opened bids on the same school it was [$280]." In other words, the new Tongue River would cost 33 percent more than the same school design did last year, just 30 miles away. It's a problem of supply and demand: There is a massive construction boom right now but construction workers are few and far between. more


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