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April 22, 2015 - 10:26am
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, economy, jobs, employment.

Genesee County's unemployment rate dropped from 6.7 to 6.0 percent from last March to this March, according to the latest data from the NYS Department of Labor.

At the same time, the total number of local residents who are employed, and the total number of local residents who are unemployed, both declined.

There are now 27,500 people with jobs in the county, according to the data, compared to 27,700 in March 2014.

There are 1,800 people listed as unemployed, compared to 2,000 a year ago.

The total number of non-farm jobs in the county rose from 22,000 to 22,100. 

The number of non-farm jobs in March 2015 increased from the previous month by 200.

The total number of manufacturing jobs has remained steady during the time period at 3,000. Goods-producing jobs have held steady at 3,800.

The national unemployment rate is 5.6 percent and the state's is 5.8.

In the Rochester area, the rate is 5.5 percent, and in Buffalo, 5.9.

The rate in Orleans County, 7.2, Livingston, 5.5, and Wyoming, 7.4.


March 31, 2015 - 1:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, economy, jobs, employment.

There are fewer people with jobs and fewer people without jobs in Genesee County, according to labor statistics released this afternoon.

The Department of Labor reports that in February, 27,200 residents in Genesee County had jobs, compared to the same month a year prior when 27,500 had jobs.

At the same time, the number of residents without jobs dipped from 2,200 to 1,900 over the same period. 

The county's unemployment rate dropped 7.3 percent to 6.6 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of jobs in the county remained unchanged at 21,800. That number was 21,300 in 2013 and the most recent historical high for February comes from 2008, when there were 22,400 jobs reported.

The state's unemployment rate is 6.4 percent and the nation's is 5.8, both better than a year ago.

Erie County's rate is 6.1, Monroe is 6.5.

In the GLOW region, Livingston is 6.0, Orleans, 7.8 and Wyoming 8.0.

December 11, 2014 - 4:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in economy, jobs, employment.

If you're out of work, or underemployed, this is a great time to be looking for a job or a better job, said Scott Gage, director of the county's Job Development Bureau.

The unemployment rate has been at or below 5 percent all summer and now into the winter, which is a period of low employment the county hasn't seen since 2008.

The job bureau currently has 279 job openings listed. A year ago, there were only 199 jobs listed.

"Employers are hot to get new employees," Gage said. "This is a great time to be job searching. If people are unemployed, they should come down to the career center and see us. We can help them find a job."

Gage said they're seeing both people who were underemployed finding new employment that better meets their qualifications, and people who have been among the long-term unemployed are finding work.

For the long-term unemployed, there is a job-training program available that is funded by the federal government through the H1B visa program (the same program that brings foreign workers into the country).

The jobs available aren't just entry-level jobs, Gage said. The list includes $16 and $18 an hour jobs and jobs that pay $35,000 to $40,000 a year.

"There are significantly more jobs available now," Gage said.

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May 9, 2014 - 4:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, employment, food processing industry.

Press release:

Responding to the need for skilled food processing workers in Western New York, Genesee Community College will begin offering a new degree program in Food Processing Technology in Fall 2014. The College recently received final approval for the Associate in Applied Science Degree program from the State Education Department.

Food Processing is a fast-growing industry in Western New York where the state Labor Department says companies find abundant dairy, strong infrastructure and close proximity to population centers in the Northeast. There are more than 650 food processing operations in the region and new jobs are being added yearly. The industry has a need for trained workers and this program will respond to that need.

GCC has developed a two-year, 63-credit curriculum that includes general education coursework as well as specific training in food safety, sanitation and hazard analysis; food and dairy processing operations; analytical methods and food labeling. Graduates of the program will understand basic principles of food science including the chemical, physical and microbiological properties of food, as well as the technology used to create an abundant supply of safe, nutritious and delicious food.

"We worked with food processing companies and other educational institutions, including Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension, to develop this program," said Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Ph.D, dean of Math, Science and Career Education. "They told us what they need and this program will provide them with the trained workers they are seeking. For graduates, that means excellent prospects for well-paying jobs upon completion of the degree."

In addition to classroom lectures and science lab experiments, students in the program will complete an internship at a Food Processing operation as part of the program.

"This also enhances opportunities for job placement," Maldonado said.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center indicates that trained workers are paid significantly higher than those who don't have advanced skills, with annual salaries ranging from $30,000 to $60,000.

Those interested in enrolling in the new Food Processing Technology AAS Degree program can find more information online at

April 18, 2014 - 8:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in economy, jobs, employment.

The Labor Department reports 100 more jobs in Genesee County for March 2014 over March 2013.

There are a reported non-farm 21,700 jobs in the county. That's also an increase over February, when 21,500 jobs were reported.

The highest number of jobs in Genesee County for March since 1990 was 22,700 in 2008.

According to the Labor Department, New York added 108,000 over the past year.

The state's unemployment rate is reported at 6.0. The county's updated unemployment rate is not yet available. The rate for February was 7.5 percent.

April 10, 2014 - 5:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, jobs, employment, job fair.

More than 30 businesses were on hand at GCC today for a spring job fair, with dozens of job seekers using the opportunity to make connections with employers and hand out resumes.

Above, Rodney Casey shows off his portfolio.

ICE officer Michelle Marino talks about Homeland Security with Andrew Vicary.

March 20, 2014 - 5:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, jobs, employment.

GCC hosted a job fair this afternoon for those seeking careers or new jobs in the healthcare fields. About two dozen employers had information available and dozens of job candidates came through the forum during the fair.

GCC will host a job fair for general employment opportunities in the region April 10.

If you're in the market for a job or for employees, be sure to check out our new employment Web site for the region,

March 17, 2014 - 4:11pm
posted by Ashley Paganello in employment, HVAC.
Company Name: 
Coastal Staffing
Job Type: 

Coastal Staffing is looking for HVAC Installers.  Please see below for various requirements.

Roles & Responsibilities:

March 5, 2014 - 2:22pm
posted by Ashley Paganello in jobs, employment, Coastal Staffing.
Company Name: 
Coastal Staffing Inc
Job Type: 
December 10, 2013 - 1:58pm
posted by Katie Scott in employment, Licensed Banker.
Company Name: 
ESL Investment Services, LLC, A Subsidiary of ESL Federal Credit Union
Job Type: 


Interested in joining a great company?  Consider ESL – one of the Best Workplaces in America.

ESL Investment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of ESL Federal Credit Union, provides access to a wide range of quality investment products.  Our financial professionals recognize that every investor's needs are different.  

September 3, 2013 - 12:06pm
posted by tera bonner in school, oakfield-alabama, employment.
Company Name: 
Oakfield-Alabama Central School
Job Type: 

August 18, 2013 - 6:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in employment.
Company Name: 
Pavilion Yellow Goose
Job Type: 

The Pavilion Yellow Goose is seeking part-time cashiers. Candidates must be willing to work in a fast-paced environment, and show up for work on time and with a smile!

To hear more about the position or to apply online, visit:

August 15, 2013 - 4:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in economy, jobs, employment.

For the 16th consecutive year, Genesee County lost jobs from June to July, according to data released by the NYS Labor Department.

There are 500 fewer non-farm jobs locally, with a month-over-month drop from 23,900 to 23,400.

In 1997, the June-to-July job count for Genesee County for each month was 23,400 jobs. 

Data from the labor department goes back to 1990 and in those 23 years, Genesee County has never found itself with more jobs in July than in June.

The county did gain jobs year-over-year, however, going from 23,100 jobs to 23,400.

August 2, 2013 - 8:48pm
posted by Jeffrey Heubusch in Italian Deli, employment, Southside Deli.
Company Name: 
Southside Deli
Job Type: 

An opportunity to work for a family owned and operated business that has been serving Batavia for 24 years. A fast paced atmosphere that requires an energetic individual who: can multi-task and communicate well with co workers; has a pleasant personality that is appealing to customers and has a strong work ethic. Must be willing to work nights and weekends, experience is preferred but willing to train. No phone calls. Apply within: 300 Ellicott Street Batavia, NY

July 22, 2013 - 9:24pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in food, employment, social services, Foodlink.

If you struggle with poverty, Foodlink invites you to SNAP out of it.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and it is available to Genesee County residents through SNAP E&T (Employment and Training).

Jerome Nathaniel, SNAP outreach and assistance coordinator, is offering outreach clinics to Genesee County families on the last Monday each month at a Foodlink partner agency.  The next one is Monday, July 29 from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army, at 529 E. Main St. in Batavia.

According to Nathaniel, this is a change from how Foodlink -- which provides food and nutrition education to 450 agencies in 10 counties throughout Western and Central New York -- has done things in the past.

"We received a grant from the Walmart Foundation in January," he said. "Because of that grant, we have been able to add direct service as a major component (of our mission)."

Prior to this, Foodlink had been working with Genesee County through AmeriCorps Vista, which does not allow workers to engage in direct service. For the past two years, they have focused on providing training to partner agencies (shelters, soup kitchens, etc).

A press release from Foodlink described the SNAP outreach clinics as "a bridge between the Department of Social Services and those applying -- all in an effort to make it easier for all parties involved."

If you can't make it to the outreach clinic, don't panic.

"If you're from Batavia, you can actually just give me a call," Nathaniel said. "I've pre-screened most people more recently over the phone, as a matter of fact."

For able-bodied people between the ages of 16 and 59 who work less than 30 hours a week, the requirements of SNAP E&T are similar to those for receiving unemployment. Applicants must work at least 20 hours per week, and they must be able to provide proof that they are applying for jobs.

At this time, according to Foodlink's press release, 900,000 New Yorkers are eligible for SNAP services and don't even know it.

"A lot of people I've pre-screened have already applied for SNAP benefits in the past," Nathaniel said. "The problem is that the income guidelines are constantly changing. I pre-screened someone in Batavia who applied seven years ago, and this person was certainly eligible this time around."

But changing income guidelines are not the only factor behind the above statistic. Nathaniel points out that many people suffer from "circumstantial poverty as opposed to generational poverty."

"A lot of times," he said, "(there are) people who worked their whole lives and suddenly something changed. They used to have a certain income, and they were used to a type of lifestyle that required a certain level of income. And suddenly, someone in the household got laid off; or suddenly, they've retired and their retirement plan wasn't what they thought it was."

People in this type of situation, according to Nathaniel, would never imagine themselves as being eligible for a government program. But, in fact, they could be eligible for SNAP benefits.

In addition, there are a few misconceptions about the stated criteria. 

"A major mistake people make is that they don't understand what a household size is for SNAP purposes," Nathaniel said. "Ordinarily, you think of a household as meaning just whoever is under your roof -- so five people, for example. But when you're applying for SNAP, what they look at is whether or not those five people share the grocery expenses and share food. So you can have as many as five different SNAP applications in one household. That's five different SNAP households under one roof."

The gross monthly income requirement for SNAP E&T is $1,211 for an able-bodied adult under 59 and without disabilities, plus $429 for each additional person in the household.

For someone over 59 or disabled, the requirement is $1,852 plus $660 for each additional person. Medical expenses (including out-of-pocket premiums), utilities, rent and mortgage are also taken into account for this population.

For more information, call Nathaniel at 328-3380, ext. 150.

Top graphic courtesy of Kim Montinarello

June 6, 2013 - 12:36pm
posted by tera bonner in school, Oakfield, help, employment, job, Laborer, RN.
Company Name: 
Oakfield-Alabama Central School
Job Type: 

Oakfield-Alabama Central School has anticipated openings for the following positions:

Full-Time RN (Elementary)

Application Deadline:  June 19, 2013

Part-Time Laborer

Monday-Friday – 9:30AM-12:30PM (April-October)

Monday-Friday – 4:00AM-7:00AM (November-March)

Saturday – 7:00AM-4:00PM

Application Deadline:  June 14, 2013

Visit for more information.

March 29, 2013 - 5:27pm
posted by Katie Scott in employment, job, career opportunity, Branch Manager.
Company Name: 
ESL Federal Credit Union
Job Type: 


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Interested in joining a great company?  Consider ESL – one of the Best Workplaces in America.


March 21, 2013 - 4:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, jobs, employment.

The most recent jobs report numbers for Genesee County aren't as healthy as in some months past.

Between December 2012 and January 2013, Genesee County lost 3,600 non-farm jobs, and there were 100 fewer jobs than January 2012.

At the same time, the county's unemployment rate climbed, reaching 9.5 percent, up from 9.4 percent the previous month and 8.2 percent a year earlier.

There are currently 28,500 people in the county with jobs, and the number of jobs in the county is an estimated 21,400.

A year ago, the jobs number was 21,500.

Neighboring counties' unemployment rates:

  • Livingston, 10.4
  • Orleans, 12.4
  • Wyoming, 11.2 percent

Unemployment in NYS has climbed year over year from 9.1 percent to 9.4, while the nation's rate has dropped from 8.8 percent to 8.5 percent.

January 22, 2013 - 3:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, economy, jobs, employment.

December job numbers are out and Genesee County once again saw an increase in the number of jobs in the county year-over-year, but also an uptick in the unemployment rate.

There were 29,000 jobs in Genesee County for December, according to Labor Department figures released today, which is 400 more than December 2011, but 300 fewer than were counted in November 2012.

The unemployment rate year-over-year went from 8 percent to 8.2 percent, and jumped from November 2012 when it was 7.4 percent.

Orleans County continues to lead the GLOW region in unemployment, with a 10.9 percent jobless figure, compared to 8.0 for Livingston and 9.5 for Wyoming counties.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 7.6 percent, up from 7.4 percent in November 2012, but lower than the 8.3 percent of December 2011.

New York's unemployment rate grew two-tenths of a percent, year-over-year, from 8 percent to 8.2 percent and it's up from November 2011 when it was 7.9 percent.

December 27, 2012 - 4:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, employment, labor.

There are more jobs in Genesee County, but a higher unemployment rate locally, according to statistics released today by the Department of Labor.

In November 2012, there were 29,300 jobs in the county, compared to 29,000 a year ago.

However, the county's unemployment rate went up slightly year-over-year from 7.3 percent to 7.4 percent. That translates into 2,400 people counted as unemployed in November 2012 compared to 2,300 a year ago.

Rochester's unemployment rate went from 7.2 percent to 7.4 percent and Buffalo also saw an increase from 7.5 to 7.9 percent.

Orleans County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state at 10.1 percent.





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