Tight labor market slowing Columbus' job growth, but it's still better than pre-recession

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A tight supply of available, qualified workers constricted Central Ohio’s employment growth in 2018 and will continue to do so this year, economist Bill LaFayette predicted in his annual forecast. The region is expected to add 13,200 jobs this year, a 1.2 percent increase from the current 1.1 million, the owner of economic research firm Regionomics LLC said at a Columbus Metropolitan Club forum Wednesday. “This is by far my weakest forecast since the recession, but keep in mind it’s stronger...

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