SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — There's a squeeze happening in Sioux Falls created by a shortage of plumbers and other skilled laborers.

The Argus Leader reports the shortage is leading to more work than can be handled by workers, as well as higher costs and longer wait times for home construction. It also means a boost in wages as employers compete for a limited number of candidates.

Tom Hines, Frisbees general manager, says his company has struggled to replace retired plumbers in the last five years with experienced newcomers. The company has had to turn down projects because of a lack of workers.

Chuck Point, vice president at Ronning Companies, says that in a growing city, a bottleneck in completing a job can happen with waiting for a plumber.

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