Skilled laborers in high demand for construction projects

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Economic recovery on the Western Slope has been slow across the board, but for construction companies, the impact has been even bigger.

The downturn caused many businesses to stop expansion and slowed down the home building market; forcing expert electricians, plumbers, carpenters and many others to find work elsewhere.

But as we slowly begin to recover another problem arises.

"As the market continues to improve there's the potential for a lack of qualified contractors and personnel to fill the positions in order to proceed with the market," says Governmental Affairs Director for the Western Colorado Contractors Association, Duncan McArthur.

The lack of a construction labor force will push many companies to go outside of the Grand Valley to find help.

But experts like McArthur say with time, the problem may fix itself.

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