Trade workers shortage hurting Fort Collins housing market

Trade workers shortage hurting Fort Collins housing market

Wages have gone up, but few are applying for construction jobs
Lind’s Plumbing & Heating plumbing foreman Jesse Ennen checks the operation of a newly-installed hydroponic water-heating system at a recently constructed apartment at Housing Catalyst’s low-income housing project in Fort Collins on Aug. 9. With an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent, lack of skilled trades is a double-edged sword: It’s forcing wages up, a good thing for workers, but increasing the price of homes and apartments and delaying some projects that otherwise would bring housing inventory to Fort Collins.

Trade workers shortage hurting Fort Collins housing market

Lind’s Plumbing & Heating plumbing foreman Jesse Ennen checks the operation of a newly-installed hydroponic water-heating system at a recently constructed apartment at Housing Catalyst’s low-income housing project in Fort Collins on Aug. 9. With an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent, lack of skilled trades is a double-edged sword: It’s forcing wages up, a good thing for workers, but increasing the price of homes and apartments and delaying some projects that otherwise would bring housing inventory to Fort Collins.
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