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The latest unemployment numbers show a rise in joblessness for the Rochester area in December. The unemployment rate stood at 5.0 percent, up from 4.7 percent in December of 2016.  The rate for November 2017 was 5.1 percent.

But NYS Labor analyst Tammy Marino says that 5.0 percent rate is still pretty close to the historical average for the month.

She does say that overall, it has appeared in recent months that the local job market is softening a bit.

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The latest monthly unemployment numbers from New York State show that the Rochester area unemployment figures jumped a bit compared to a year ago.

The unemployment rate for the Rochester Metro was 5.1 percent in November, up from 4.5 percent a year ago.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says that rate is about in line with what we usually see this time of year.

A local medical high-tech company is expanding and adding jobs.

The company is called VisualDx and it’s been around since 1999. They design software used to help diagnose various medical conditions. Now, the firm plans to add  21 jobs in Rochester while retaining 39 others.

VisualDx will lease an additional 5,000 square feet at its current location inside the former Valley Cadillac Building on East Avenue.

The latest numbers for job growth are out from the New York State Labor Department, and they show the Rochester with a decline of 3,200  private sector jobs in October compared to a year ago.

That was the largest loss of any metro area in the state, in fact, most metropolitan areas showed gains for the month.  Elmira was the only other metro to see a drop in jobs in October.

The University of Rochester is partnering with Harris Corp. to create the Rochester Data Science Consortium that will be housed on the UR campus.

The joint effort will help companies and governments analyze large amounts of data — an industry known as “big data” — in order to spot trends that can help the companies, consumers and citizens.

In a Wall Street Journal interview last week, President Trump made comments about Upstate New York that have led to a debate about the state of the job market and the economy in our region. He said that Upstate New York “just isn’t working,” and its residents should move elsewhere to find jobs. He also suggested people just leave their homes behind, even if they can’t sell them. His comments were related to news surrounding the electronics manufacturer Foxconn, which was considering building a new plant in Wisconsin instead of Utica (days later, Foxconn did select Wisconsin as its preferred site).

Is the state of the economy in Upstate New York as bleak as the President suggests? Have you considered moving out of the area to find work? Our guests help us understand the jobs outlook and economic development in our region:

  • Matt Hurlbutt, interim president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Matt Horn, Geneva City Manager
  • Mike Manikowski, chief economic developer for Ontario County

The New York State budget was finally passed, we find out what impact it might have on local businesses. The monthly survey in small business jobs, there is a small uptick in tourism and service, but why are some of these companies still hesitant to hire full-timers?

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

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The latest numbers from the New York State Labor Department show a decline in private sector jobs and a rise in unemployment for the Rochester area.

The February unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, up from 5.1 a year ago, and there was a decline of 1,200 private sector jobs compared to a year ago. 

But State Labor Analyst Mark Barbano says it’s hard to compare the numbers because last year was a particularly strong year for job growth in the Rochester metropolitan area.

The latest monthly survey on small business employment around the U.S. from Paychex and IHS  shows consistent growth, although the increase in jobs was nearly flat compared to the month before. The Paychex | IHS Small Business Jobs Index was up slightly in August compared to July and up a bit compared to July of 0f last year.

Paychex CEO Marty Mucci says the sector of the economy that continues to see the strongest growth in small business jobs is the one that includes various kinds of services such as personal care or pet care.

There have been improvements in the economy of upstate New York over the last several years, but that progress has been uneven.

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