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>> As the waters recede, Houston, America's fourth largest city will need many construction workers to begin rebuilding their battered town. Only problem is there may not be enough skilled workers. Reuters David Randall explains.>> There's a shortage of construction workers nationwide because after the housing boom or housing bust, everybody just went and found other jobs, essentially.
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So estimates are about that 30% of construction workers found work in other field. So we're still kind of seeing the effects of this now. In Texas, about 69% of contractors say they're having a hard time finding hourly workers and in Houston you're seeing that even more so.>> With an estimated 100,000 homes damaged by Harvey, the lack of workers may slow rebuilding efforts and also make the jobs themselves more expensive.
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>> Indicate workers that might need to increase wages and they've already seen those spike for the last three years. A dry wall installer in Houston now makes about 30% more than it did three years ago. A carpenter can make about 60% more per hour than a couple years ago.
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So already there was a really tight supply, and now there's gonna be so many more jobs that it's gonna be hard to find people.>> And yet another wrinkle in the rebuilding plan, immigration laws in Texas. Federal crackdowns on undocumented workers, which the Pew Research Center estimated last year made up about 28% of the state's construction workforce, is further draining the pool of available labor.