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Carlsbad struggling to attract chains amid oil boom


January 13, 2019

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The oil boom in southeastern New Mexico may be attracting business to communities, but some chains say they are struggling to keep employees because of better-paying positions in the oilfield.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce CEO Robert Defer said a labor shortage is affecting the city's ability to attract national chains.

He said many of the businesses rescind their interest when they learn of the city's shrinking workforce.

"There are a lot of different chains that do contact us," Defer said. "The current challenges are employmen...

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