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A roofer works on a home in Chapel Hill, N.C. A rebound in spending on home remodeling is a good sign for the U.S. economy. But a shortage of skilled workers is restraining activity. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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There's A Home Renovation Boom, But Good Luck Finding A Contractor

With rising home prices and low interest rates, Americans are spending a record amount of money fixing up their kitchens, bathrooms and man-caves. But a lack of skilled workers is limiting the boom.

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Justino DeLeon, 58, stands in front of his home in Pharr, Texas. A former watermelon picker; he retired from farm work when he fell off a melon truck and hurt his arm. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

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A roofer works on a home in Chapel Hill, N.C. A rebound in spending on home remodeling is a good sign for the U.S. economy. But a shortage of skilled workers is restraining activity. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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There's A Home Renovation Boom, But Good Luck Finding A Contractor

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