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City Limits: Measuring the Labor Shortage

You’ve seen the signs everywhere for the past several months. Help Wanted. Now Hiring. Just about every sector of Central New York’s economy is feeling the pinch of a pretty severe labor shortage after the pandemic upended work life as we knew it two years ago. The economy has opened back up, but what’s behind the lack of workers? How is it impacting businesses who struggle to fill positions? Does it give workers more leverage with employers? In this episode of City Limits - A Working Dilemma, we dig deep into some of the most affected sectors to find out how companies are trying to recruit new workers...or keep the ones they already have.

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Scott Willis covers politics, local government, transportation, and arts and culture for WAER. He came to Syracuse from Detroit in 2001, where he began his career in radio as an intern and freelance reporter. Scott is honored and privileged to bring the day’s news and in-depth feature reporting to WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners. You can find him on twitter @swillisWAER and email him at