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Help wanted: Businesses struggle to find workers

Help wanted

Businesses struggle to find workers

By MICHAEL FORSTER ROTHBART • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Help wanted signs can be seen throughout Otsego County, including this one at Kwik Fill in Oneonta. (Michael Forster Rothbart/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA — A blue and white sign stands in the grass at the entrance to Southside Mall in the town of Oneonta: “JOBS! Cooperstown All-Star Village APPLY NOW.” In either direction, along the mile-long commercial strip from Wal-Mart to Home Depot, at least eight stores advertise available positions.
Outside Home Depot, in the afternoon Monday, May 17, two employees in masks help an older customer with curbside pickup, loading 2×4 boards over the passenger seat into his Buick sedan. The store has more than 70 employees and is now hiring people for eight positions, mostly part-time.

“We’re short six people, now that the college students just left,” said the older employee, who declined to be identified.

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