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Press Pass: Pandemic's economic fallout felt throughout the region

The surging unemployment rate serves as a clear indicator of how the economy is suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it's just part of a story which has more chapters still to be written. 

Jim Fink of Business First takes a look ahead using the region's tourism industry as an example.

In Niagara Falls, New York, Fink reports a hotel occupancy rate of "zero." Without a significant bounce back, he speculates many of those hotels could be jettisoned for "ten cents on the dollar." Such a property devaluation, Fink says, would have a devastating impact on the city's fragile economy.

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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.