I have been trying to find a contractor who will tear down a badly-built addition to our house, then rebuild it properly. I am now on the third contractor who wouldn't show up to go over the plans and prepare an estimate. I did find a contractor who said that he would be delighted to do the job, gave me what I think was a fair estimate, then stopped answering my phone calls. I finally (after about a month of chasing him) did get my plans back. Another contractor told my wife that he was so far behind that he wasn't taking any more jobs until he got caught up. The reason? He can't find help - even at good pay. He said that he had contacted local vocational schools as he would take kids right out of high school and train them. The vocational school contact person said that enrollment is way down. I don't want to sound like the old phart who is always saying that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, but a very high percentage of young people are simply not interested in getting there hands dirty even for great pay. I have heard that there is a major shortage of semi-drivers, I read about a power plant in either Arkansas or Alabama (I don't remember which) that was put on hold because they couldn't find enough qualified welders. There is even a predicted upcoming shortage of airline pilots. I have a 40ish young friend who along with her husband is an airline pilot for a major international airline. If you could see their house you would get an idea of airline flight crew pay. I was trying to get the AC compressor on my Dodge replaced and the place that does the auto service on our daily drivers won't replace the compressor because they haven't been able to hire a tech who is ASE certified in AC. Most new houses in the central New England area have wooden chimneys with asbestos sandwich metal ducting. The reason? The builders cannot find bricklayers. Someone has to do the work; It's beginning to look as if we may have to import labor, I wonder if anyone else has thought of that?