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For want of qualified workers (access required)

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CHARLOTTE – The writing has been on the yet-to-be-built wall for the last couple of years. After a tough time during the Great Recession, construction firms have returned to their feet and are rebuilding the business that was lost during ...

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A steep ascent: Residential permits climbing back from recessionary low (access required)

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Like nails out of its own coffin, the Charlotte region’s residential construction industry pulled nearly 9,500 building permits in 2013, rising from the ashes like a phoenix with a tool belt and hammering out its best year since the housing ...

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Deconstructing economic theory: Construction activity up in Charlotte despite sluggish economy (access required)

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Traditional economic theory says people follow jobs. In the Queen City over the last four to five years, however, jobs have either decreased or remained relatively stagnant while the city continues to attract migrants, said Bill Graves, assistant professor of economic geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Deconstructing economic theory (access required)

Traditional economic theory says people follow jobs. In the Queen City over the last four to five years, however, jobs have either decreased or remained relatively stagnant while the city continues to attract migrants, said Bill Graves, assistant professor of economic geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Permit plunge (access required)

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Last year was a historic one for Charlotte, thanks to its hosting of the Democratic National Convention, an event which put a national spotlight on the city. The event didn't just give the city more media attention. In a year when the construction industry was still in recovery mode, the DNC contributed to the city's commercial construction permit numbers as Time Warner Cable Arena and other venues had to be readied for the event. That resulted in a flurry of permit applications in early 2012, county officials say.

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Meck homebuilding on big upswing in 2013 (access required)

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It’s not a buyer's market or a seller's market. It’s a builder’s market, and Mecklenburg County building-permit records prove it. Homebuilders started 250 new single-family homes in the county in January, up 52 percent from the 164 similar permits issued in the first month of 2012 — which was the strongest year for homebuilding in the county since 2008.

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