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Less immigrant labor in US contributing to price hikes

by The Associated Press | May 8, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.
Tile subcontractor Horacio Gomez, originally from the Mexican state of Michoacan, confers with homebuilder Joshua Correa about plans at a custom home under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. There are an estimated 2 million fewer immigrants than expected in the United States, helping fuel a desperate scramble for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to homebuilding, that are also contributing to shortages and price increases. Correa has struggled to hire supervisors for his work sites, with immigrant job candidates demanding $100,000 yearly pay. But the biggest bite on his bottom line has come from the difficulty in lining up subcontractors from drywallers to plumbers to electricians. All these vendors also have immigrant-heavy workforces and have struggled to field crews, leading to delays of 2-3 months on Correa's projects. "Immigration is very important for our workforce in the United States," said Correa. "We just need it." (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Less immigrant labor in US contributing to price hikes

photo Homebuilder Joshua Correa listens to a subcontractor about plans at a home he is building in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. There are an estimated 2 million fewer immigrants than expected in the United States, helping fuel a desperate scramble for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to homebuilding, that are also contributing to shortages and price increases. Correa has struggled to hire supervisors for his work sites, with immigrant job candidates demanding $100,000 yearly pay. But the biggest bite on his bottom line has come from the difficulty in lining up subcontractors from drywallers to plumbers to electricians. All these vendors also have immigrant-heavy workforces and have struggled to field crews, leading to delays of 2-3 months on Correa's projects. "Immigration is very important for our workforce in the United States," said Correa. "We just need it." (AP Photo/LM Otero)
photo Tile subcontractor Horacio Gomez, right, originally from the Mexican state of Michoacan, measures and talks with homebuilder Joshua Correa about plans at a custom home under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. There are an estimated 2 million fewer immigrants than expected in the United States, helping fuel a desperate scramble for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to homebuilding, that are also contributing to shortages and price increases. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
photo Joshua Correa, left, steadies a scaffolding for Samuel as they work at a home under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. There are an estimated 2 million fewer immigrants than expected in the United States, helping fuel a desperate scramble for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to homebuilding, that are also contributing to shortages and price increases. Correa has struggled to hire supervisors for his work sites, with immigrant job candidates demanding $100,000 yearly pay. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
photo Homebuilder Joshua Correa, center, along with his son Josh Correa, left, point out details to cabinet subcontractor Winston Grosvenor at a home under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Correa has struggled to hire supervisors for his work sites, with immigrant job candidates demanding $100,000 yearly pay. But the biggest bite on his bottom line has come from the difficulty in lining up subcontractors from drywallers to plumbers to electricians. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
photo Homebuilder Joshua Correa, left, talks about plans with his son Josh Correa at a home under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Correa has struggled to hire supervisors for his work sites, with immigrant job candidates demanding $100,000 yearly pay. But the biggest bite on his bottom line has come from the difficulty in lining up subcontractors from drywallers to plumbers to electricians. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
photo Tile subcontractor Horacio Gomez, originally from the Mexican state of Michoacan, left, confers with homebuilder Joshua Correa about plans for a floor at a custom home under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. There are an estimated 2 million fewer immigrants than expected in the United States, helping fuel a desperate scramble for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to homebuilding, that are also contributing to shortages and price increases. Correa has struggled to hire supervisors for his work sites, with immigrant job candidates demanding $100,000 yearly pay. But the biggest bite on his bottom line has come from the difficulty in lining up subcontractors from drywallers to plumbers to electricians. All these vendors also have immigrant-heavy workforces and have struggled to field crews, leading to delays of 2-3 months on Correa's projects. "Immigration is very important for our workforce in the United States," said Correa. "We just need it." (AP Photo/LM Otero)
photo Rene Contreras, originally from Mexico, holds a piece of timber while working at a home under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. There are an estimated 2 million fewer immigrants than expected in the United States, helping fuel a desperate scramble for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to homebuilding, that are also contributing to shortages and price increases. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
photo Workers move a scaffolding into place to apply sheetrock to the ceiling at a home under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. There are an estimated 2 million fewer immigrants than expected in the United States, helping fuel a desperate scramble for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to homebuilding, that are also contributing to shortages and price increases. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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