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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Duanesburg, Schoharie, Sharon Springs school districts plan job fair

Duanesburg, Schoharie, Sharon Springs school districts plan job fair

DUANESBURG — Three rural school districts will come together for a job fair this week, trying to address staff shortages as a new school year looms just three months away.The superintendents of the Duanesburg, Schoharie and Sharon Springs school districts say the much-publicized labor shortage in upstate New York is real and it extends into the educational sector. Rural school districts, they say, have a tougher time addressing it than their suburban counterparts.The situation was identified as a growing problem and attempts were initiated at the state level to address it long before the COVID pandemic sparked what has come to…
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Schoharie limo tragedy leads to safety reforms in federal infrastructure bill

Schoharie limo tragedy leads to safety reforms in federal infrastructure bill

AMSTERDAM — The families of the 2018 Schoharie limousine disaster have fulfilled a promise they made in the wake of the preventable accident that claimed 20 lives — to make the world a safer place by imposing new safety regulations for limousines with the support of federal lawmakers.“We made a promise we were going to make a difference, because there is no way on Earth we were going to lose our children, our spouses, our siblings, our family members and let it go unnoticed,” said Jill Richardson-Perez, the mother of crash victim Matthew Coons, on Friday.Families of the accident victims…
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