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construction Roofing contractors work on a home under construction at the Norton Commons housing development in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

A severe labor shortage will continue to plague the construction industry through 2019, driving up construction costs further.

A recent report from the Associated General Contractors of America shows that 79% of construction companies want to hire more employees this year, but the industry is only estimated to grow its workforce by .5% annually for the next 10 years. That is hardly enough to make up for the 600,000 jobs lost since the last recession.

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