Economy

Economy
4:49 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Top Trending Jobs For The Finger Lakes Region

Credit PBS.org

The New York State Department of Labor has announced the Finger Lakes Region’s Top Five Trending Jobs for 2015 -- selected by labor market analysts based on occupational survey data and the projected needs of their region.

The following job titles (and their annual median wage) are likely to see greater than normal growth through the end of 2015:

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Economy
1:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Low Gas Prices Attracting Consumers to RV and Boating Lifestyle

Ballantyne RV and Marine
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Some area businesses are benefiting from the lower gas prices.

Mark McMann is president and owner of Ballantyne RV and Marine.

He says he's been in the business 32 years, and the number of people looking at motor homes right now is more than he's seen in a decade.

And many of them are new customers.

McMann says there have been huge crowds at the RV and boat show underway at the Dome Arena.

He says the bottom line is when gas prices go down, more people consider getting an RV or boat.

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Economy
5:35 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Some Finger Lakes Wineries Speak Out Against LPD Storage Facility

John Campbell from Gas Free Seneca stands besides representatives from Finger Lakes wineries, businesses, municipalities, and organizations.
Credit Veronica Volk / WXXI

Some land and business owners in the Finger Lakes region are speaking out about a proposed liquefied gas storage facility.

Representatives from some Finger Lakes wineries say they have worked hard to turn the region into an area that supports eco-friendly tourism and culture. Joseph Campbell is President of Gas Free Seneca.

"The finger lakes region has positioned itself as an economically sustainable, world-class tourist destination with a vision for continued development that does not include dirty industry."

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Economy
12:45 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

2014 Was Another Year of Recovery For Rochester Housing Market

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The Rochester real estate market saw its best fourth quarter since the end of the recession, according to numbers released Thursday morning.

In the three months ending in December, real estate closings were up 3.2 percent compared to the same time last year.

Andy Burke is president of the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors. He says the continued decline in interest rates is probably the reason for the increase.

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Economy
5:21 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

American Rock Salt Expands

A Livingston County company is expanding and adding jobs. Governor Cuomo says that American Rock Salt  will be adding 55 jobs, and retaining 300 other positions as part of a $4 million investment by the company in the Mt. Morris operations.

American Rock Salt, which is the largest operating salt mine in the U.S., will extend its rail siding operations which will allow for more efficient transportation of its salt when demand is high.

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Economy
3:24 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Downtown United Presbyterian Church to be Interim Homeless Shelter

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The Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester is making space available for area homeless -- some of them were staying in tents under the Douglass-Anthony Bridge.

Gail Mott is a member of the church's justice team.

She says they recently voted to allow 15 people to stay in their gymnasium overnight for two weeks.

And the city has made an inspection and has approved the move.

She says a number of community partners have helped so they can provide shelter and meals for the homeless during a stretch of brutally cold weather.

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Economy
5:34 am
Tue January 13, 2015

State Board To Act On Cuomo's Request To Reopen Casino Bidding

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state board is set to decide whether to reopen the bidding for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Southern Tier.

The Gaming Facility Location Board is scheduled to vote Tuesday night in response to a request from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Last month the board chose sites for three casinos in the Catskills, Schenectady and the Finger Lakes but decided against recommending a fourth casino license to the Southern Tier.

After local leaders in the region along the Pennsylvania border objected, Cuomo called on the board to reopen the bidding.

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Economy
5:29 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

More New Yorkers Unable to Cope with Rising Heating Costs

Credit Chris Campbell

As the temperature dips, utility bills are on the rise, and more and more people are unable to pay their heating costs.

Let's say you're behind on your utilities bill. First of all, you're not alone - according to figures from the Public Service Commission, more than one million New York households were late on their bills this past November. Gas and electric cutoffs by utilities companies in 2014 were up fourteen percent from 2013.

David Irwin of AARP attributes this increase to high heating costs.

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Economy
10:07 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Tops Closing 7 Pharmacies In Monroe County

Tops is closing seven of its eleven pharmacies in Monroe County.

According to a statement provided to WXXI, the company believes it can make more money selling other products in that space.

Closing are pharmacy departments in Brighton, Henrietta, Fairport, Penfield, and in Rochester on West Ave, Lake Ave and Upper Falls Boulevard.

Prescriptions will be transferred to Rite Aid and CVS pharmacies nearby.

Pharmacies in Irondequoit, Hamlin, Gates and Greece are among the 52 Tops locations that will remain open.

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Economy
8:38 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Unemployment Dips To 5.6 Percent As Economy Adds 252K Jobs

Former student Nathaniel Simmons operates a crane during a day of training at Georgia College of Construction. The Department of Labor says construction was one of several sectors that showed job gains in December.
Branden Camp AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 10:29 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December, capping a 12-month stretch of job growth unmatched since 1999, according to the Labor Department. In a separate survey, the department says that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent the previous month.

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