Associated Press
In this Tuesday, June 19, 2012 photo, electrical contractor Howie Drees inspects some newly-installed equipment on a job site in Carroll, Iowa. Drees, a third-generation contractor, gauges prosperity by his crowded work calendar. These days, he's so busy with mechanical and electrical projects he's hired an outside company to help and is searching for skilled workers. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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