Labor shortage hampering rebound of Utah's housing construction

A shortage of workers threatens Wasatch Front homebuilders just as buyer demand picks up after several brutal years of decline that pushed several construction firms out of business. Builders say the deep recession in Utah forced many skilled and unskilled workers to find other ways to make a living or decamp to energy states like North Dakota, where homebuilding is on a brisk pace to keep up with the influx of oil workers. Salt Lake City builders also blame the acrimonious immigration battle i...

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