Economic Preview: Home builders, home sellers suddenly shy

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It’s a great time to be a home builder again, but finding skilled workers is as tough as ever.

Steadily rising construction of new homes has given a jolt of adrenaline to the economy in the past several years, but a building slowdown raises questions about whether a key driver of U.S. growth has fallen into a ditch.

Sidetracked, perhaps. But certainly not down in the dumps.

The recent slide in construction is probably due to temporary headwinds that will soon ease. Home builders got a head start in 2017, for instance, because of an unusually warm winter that allowed them to do more work earlier in the year.

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