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    :: Monday, July 18, 2005 ::

    Soaring cost of materials boosts construction prices - By Alana Roberts, In Business Las Vegas
    'With unemployment being at its lowest level, our biggest challenge for contractors is to find qualified help,' Stormoen said. 'A lot of people show up with a five gallon bucket and a hammer and call themselves qualified.'

    Holloway said that non-union wages have risen faster than union wages.

    'Over the last few years there's been more wage growth in non-union than union,' Holloway said. '(For union workers) it's been more incremental, and generally they're paid more and generally the benefits are better. More employers are forced to provide better benefits and better wages because of the shortage of workers.'
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