07/03/2012 08:25 am ET | Updated Sep 02, 2012

Arizona's Newest Crisis

There's a whiff of 2005 in the Arizona air. While D.J. Hughes hunts for carpenters to join his team at a Phoenix-area house-framing company, competitors are tracking down his workers at building sites and offering them more money. "Everybody is trying to pull crews from everyone," says Hughes, a project manager for J.L. Baugh Construction in Gold Canyon, Ariz., who admits to attempted talent raids on rivals. "I've been doing this for a quarter of a century, and this is the biggest shortage of skilled laborers I've ever seen."

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