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Emily Michot / Miami Herald

South Florida's unemployment rates dropped more than half a percent in the past year, according to job figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity, contributing to a shortage of labor and rising wages in some industries.

Nine years after a judge began supervising a multitude of federal lawsuits that claim homes were damaged by Chinese drywall, he says it's time to return thousands of remaining cases for trial in the courts where they were filed.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The pedestrian bridge at Florida International University 's Modesto Maidique Campus was touted as a marvel for traffic-burdened Southwest Eighth Street. An average of 66,500 cars a day crossed the intersection with Southwest 109th Avenue in 2016.

Last weekend, the $14.2 million project was installed. By 2019, the cable-supported bridge would link the city of Sweetwater, where about 4,000 students live, and the school’s main campus across the street.

The Trump administration has been eliminating some protections that allow more than 300,000 people to live and work in the U.S. under what is known as temporary protected status. Many could face deportation when their status expires.

An estimated 50,000 of them work in the construction industry, concentrated in areas like Texas, Florida and California that are recovering from hurricanes and wildfires and where labor shortages in construction are especially acute.

Who Is In Charge When The Cranes Fall? No One

Nov 8, 2017
Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Bruno Rebuffo heard the crane fall before he knew what it was.

“It sounded like an earthquake, honestly,” he said. “It was a big loud boom and you thought the roof is going to fall”

Tom Hudson

Construction cranes may dot the South Florida skyline. Construction zones may occupy our streets. Cement trucks and tractor trailers carrying bulldozers may mingle in our traffic. But there are fewer people working in construction in South Florida than there were a decade ago when the real estate boom came crashing down.

This building boom doesn’t have unbridled activity like the last one, and it doesn’t have the workforce either. Sixteen percent fewer people are working in construction today compared to the beginning of 2006, even though pay has jumped 15 percent.

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This year Florida lawmakers changed the way the state building codes are updated. There are concerns the new law could weaken the integrity of Florida homes, in order to cut construction costs. In the wake of Harvey, those concerns are taking on a new significance.

The Trump administration announced it will impose a 20 percent tariff on imported softwood lumber from Canada.

The dispute is not new — the United States and Canada have sparred over imports of forest products for decades. But the action comes as the two nations prepare to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which President Trump has harshly criticized.

Frost Science Museum Not Finished, But Close

Oct 29, 2015
Wilson Sayre / WLRN

The end is in sight for the construction at the new science museum in downtown Miami.

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is set to open in the summer of 2016 after closing the doors  this summer at its old location next to Vizcaya. 

John O'Connor / WLRN

Gov. Rick Scott's budget veto list broke records Tuesday, and education projects weren't spared despite Scott's emphasis on K-12 funding this year.

In total, Scott vetoed $461.4 million from the now $78.7 billion spending plan. Scott signed the plan in private Tuesday and the budget takes effect July 1.

Paul Leary

06/01/15 - When most homeowners choose to employ a contractor for upgrades or repairs, they usually expect to hire a burly construction guy.

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School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to an amendment filed by an influential state senator.

Sen. Don Gaetz, former Senate president, filed the amendment Tuesday. The amendment would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between charter and traditional schools on a per-student basis.

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South Florida saw no major changes in the latest unemployment numbers. But the best news this month goes to the construction industry, which had the largest increase in job numbers. Over 43,000 construction jobs were added over the past year -- more than any other state in the country.

Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, says some of the increase has to do with a backlog of construction jobs that were stalled during the 2008 recession.

Avoiding the “CON” in Construction

Apr 7, 2011
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04/07/11 - Topical Currents begins with South Florida contractor Kia Ricchi, and her book, AVOIDING THE “CON” IN CONSTRUCTION.  She gives practical guidelines for home building, renovation and repair . . . and how to avoid scams.  And more, Linda Gassenheimer with Lyn Farmer, the Director of the United Way Wine and Food Festival, along with Chef Orlando Arroyo. In its 16th year, the event has raised $12-million for those in need.