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Trade Jobs in High Demand

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima's home building contractors are bracing for a busy construction season this summer.

City planners say there are a total 16-hundred potential lots available to build homes.

The rapid growth has opened many opportunities for sub-contractors.

Many framers, plumbers, and dry wallers are booked with jobs through the year.

Contractors say before long more workers are going to be needed to keep up with the increased construction.

Recent high school graduates undecided on whether to go to college may want to consider studying a trade.

The need for sub-contractors in our area has many developers hopefull Yakima's young people will consider construction as a career.

In West Valley, contruction is moving along at an extremely high pace.

Contractors in the area estimate construction growth is up nearly 30 percent.

"Construction isn't something you can pull out of a box and put it together, I mean it takes talent from every phase from the plumber thru the painter," said Rich Hochein, Summit Crest Construction.

Contractors say anyone interested in being a part of the boom should consider a building trade, even if it means starting with no experience.

"I think if you give it your all, it may not be exactly what you want to do the rest of your life, but the pay is good, and you know i think it sure beats flipping burgers," Hochrein said.