The economy may be back but skilled construction workers are not returning to the field. Even in industries where the paychecks are smaller, reports Carla Williams in BUILDER, many workers are playing it safe and sticking to other growth industries rather than return to a risky job in an industry that’s burned them once. Many construction businesses have gotten so desperate for skilled labor they have given up searching for unemployed or partially-employed skilled workers and are focused on drawing talent away from their competitors.

Here's what some builders are doing to counteract this trend: making it easier for good talent to stay where they are most appreciated.

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