October report: job gains, labor pains rife in Capital Region economy

October report: job gains, labor pains rife in Capital Region economy

By Tyler A. McNeil The Leader-Herald CAPITAL REGION — Unemployment is down, but the Capital Region area labor market isn't out of the woods yet. Some 15,300 jobs were added in October, encompassing 5.03% of the region’s non-seasonally adjusted growth since 2021. A number of sectors — especially hospitality and healthcare — are still struggling to fill positions beyond pre-pandemic levels, said Kevin Alexander, an analyst studying employment trends in the Capital Region for the state Department of Labor. “The limited available workers for businesses to pull from is hindering growth that’s really demanded or needed,” Alexander said. “So that’s really…
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