A survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses has found 91 percent of business owners trying to fill vacant positions have few or no qualified applicants for those jobs — a 48-year high.

Employers responding to the survey reported more than 22 percent of the nation’s available positions were unfilled.

Amid a severe working shortage in nearly every industry due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, employers could turn their recruiting efforts to skilled retired workers and people with disabilities.

Andy Winnegar has spent his career in rehabilitation and is based in Santa Fe as a training associate for the Southwest ADA Center.

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