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David Robinson: Why the Buffalo Niagara jobs recovery has ‘hit a wall’

BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — The Buffalo Niagara job market has hit a wall.

Hiring has flatlined since the first weeks of summer, according to new jobs data out Thursday. Businesses across the Buffalo Niagara region have hung out “now hiring” signs, but have struggled to fill open positions.

To be sure, the labor shortage is holding the recovery back. The struggle to find and retain qualified workers is the biggest concern among the region’s employers, according to a member survey by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

“It’s skilled. It’s unskilled. It’s entry level. It’s every experience level across the board,” said Dottie Gallagher, the Partnership’s president.

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