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Report: Industrial jobs down in N.Y., Rochester

Rochester Business Journal
October 28, 2013

Industrial employment in New York declined 1.2 percent over the past 12 months, according to the 2014 New York Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory and database published by Illinois-based Manufacturers’ News Inc.

The organization reported New York lost 8,977 manufacturing jobs from September 2012 to last month. Manufacturers’ News reports New York is now home to 16,507 manufacturers employing 724,767 workers.

Rochester and Buffalo represent 37 percent of the state’s manufacturing jobs, the organization noted, with Rochester home to 45,380 workers, down 1.2 percent from the prior year, and Buffalo home to 22,830, down a half percent.

Two sectors across the state were up: stone-clay-glass and chemicals. Other sectors, such as transportation equipment, furniture-fixtures, rubber-plastics, food and fabricated metals, were down.

While the Manufacturers Register noted significant closings over the past year, including Cryovac Inc.’s food-packaging plant in Gates, it also noted highlights, including the $35 million toner plant expansion at Xerox Corp. in Webster.

“Manufacturers in New York have yet to fully recover from the recession, and few states have a higher tax burden,” said Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturers’ News, in a statement. “However, with its educated workforce and access to capital, the state has maintained its reputation as an ideal location for innovative startups.”

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