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July 25, 2013

Contractors face labor shortage as construction industry slowly rebounds

  • About 10 percent of trade union members in King County took early retirement since the recession hit. Others found work elsewhere.
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    Image courtesy of Lease Crutcher Lewis [enlarge]
    Work has picked up in the Seattle office of Lease Crutcher Lewis since the recession. The contractor is building the Paul G. Allen Athletics Center at Lakeside School.

    Contractors and tradesmen are waking up from the recession-induced deep sleep, but the area will need a few more shots of caffeine before it hits full stride. With so many people leaving the industry and many companies folding, skilled workers can be hard to find and the problem is expected to get worse.

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