For the 12-month period ending January 2014, the private sector job count in the Syracuse metro area rose 600, or 0.2 percent, to 252,500. Job growth was concentrated in educational and health services (+1,100), leisure and hospitality (+1,000), other services (+200), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+100). Job losses occurred in financial activities (-600), natural resources, mining, and construction (-600), manufacturing (-300), information (-200), and professional and business services (-100). The government job count rose (+100) over the year, mainly in state government education.
by Karen Knapik-Scalzo, Associate Economist, Central New York
(Excerpted from the April 2013 issue of the Employment in New York State newsletter)
From 2011 to 2012, the Syracuse metro area (Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties) continued to make progress as it added back private sector jobs that were lost during the national recession. One factor contributing to local growth has been resurgence in the City of Syracuse. Construction and business activity are picking up there, and the value of construction activity in the city hit a record high in 2012. Businesses are relocating from the suburbs to downtown and more people are calling the area home. This pattern tends to reinforce itself: as more people move downtown, area apartment occupancy rates have climbed, leading to the construction of more apartment buildings.
Economic development activity has also been picking up in the region. For example, the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council recently received $93.8 million to fund 73 projects. Increased interest by businesses in possible development in industries as diverse as call centers, financial services, and food processing is further good news for the region. Food processors, in particular, are moving to or expanding in Central New York. Some recent positive developments in the region's food processing industry include:
Overall job growth carried forward into 2013 as private sector jobs rose by 500, a growth rate of 0.2%, for the 12-month period ending February 2013. A variety of blue- and white-collar industries, some in well-paying sectors, contributed to recent local job growth, including:
Many of the employment openings currently available in Central New York are in health and education-related job titles. Specific occupational groups with the most local job vacancies include: sales; office, clerical and secretarial; healthcare practitioner and technical; food preparation/serving related; and healthcare support.Between February 2012 and February 2013, job losses occurred in financial activities (-400), leisure and hospitality (-400), manufacturing (-300), and information (-200). These losses show the uneven nature of the local area's economic recovery. Several Central New York manufacturers have announced layoffs in 2013. The largest cuts will occur at the Daikin McQuay heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment plant in Auburn, which is expected to close in December 2014. The Daikin McQuay facility employs 352.
For more information, please contact:
NYS Department of Labor
450 S. Salina St., Room 300
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 479-3390
Fax: (315) 479-3271
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