The latest numbers on job growth in New York State show a modest increase for the Rochester area in September.  The NYS Labor Department says the region saw an increase of 1,200 private sector jobs in September compared to a year ago.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says the strongest hiring involved colleges and universities. 

“Every year these employers typically hire more than 5,000 workers during the month of September; this year, these employers hired more than 7,000 new workers.

Kodak is coming out with a new smartphone, one that it hopes will capitalize on its reputation for photography.

This is not the first time Kodak has tried marketing a smartphone. There was a Kodak branded phone last year, but the company is trying to make a bigger splash in the marketplace with the new Kodak Ektra Smartphone, trying to focus on people who want a more sophisticated camera with their phone.

The name hearkens back to an iconic Kodak camera, also called Ektra, which was built in the 1940s.

Microsoft is leaning its new augmented reality headset, which gives users a high definition visual experience, toward local businesses.

The company showcased HoloLens on Wednesday at the Frontiers in Optics Conference and Exhibition inside the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The wearable headset is a battery-operated computer which runs Windows 10 software. It has built-in sensors, allowing the user to view the displayed three-dimensional holograms and their surrounding reality at the same time. Microsoft calls it a mixed reality.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Several natural gas and coal-fired power plant owners sued New York state energy regulators Wednesday over the state's approval of billions of dollars in subsidies for aging nuclear plants. That includes the Ginna nuclear plant in Wayne County.

The suit filed in Manhattan federal court argues the bailout represents an illegal interference with the federal government's role in regulating electric rates, and will unfairly burden the ratepayers who will pay for the subsidies, which could cost nearly $8 billion over 12 years. 

Pipeline companies aren’t having a lot of success in New York so far in 2016.

Opponents say they are dirty and continue New York’s overreliance on fossil fuels, and two projects have already been canceled. A pipeline company representative, however, said the projects are not as harmful as opponents claim and are essential for the state’s current electric needs. 

Until recently, expanding and building pipelines was not terribly controversial, as most people agreed that there was a common need to transport oil and gas for fuel and electricity.

The Landmark Society of Western New York says the Rochester region is at the tipping point of a crisis because of a shortage of workers skilled in the traditional trades.

Carpenters, masons, painters, and professionals who work with stained glass and metal are in short supply as veteran practitioners approach retirement. These are the skills needed to rehabilitate historic buildings in the region.

"This could be an opportunity for jobs and job training for folks in the community," said Landmark Society preservation planner Caitlin Meives.

Senator Chuck Schumer made an appearance at Coast Professional, Inc. in Geneseo on Tuesday afternoon, announcing an expansion that will nearly double the size of the student loan debt company.

More than 200 jobs will allow Coast to bounce back after its pending 5-year contract with the Department of Education was terminated in February 2015. The Department cited that Coast and other student loan contractors had high rates of performance violations.

State lawmakers with disabled children, along with people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers, rallied Monday at the State Capitol for more money in the budget to pay caregivers a living wage. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature approved a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour downstate and $12.50 an hour upstate, saying mega-companies like McDonald’s and Burger King can afford to pay their workers more.

A local collection agency is adding jobs. ConServe, which has operations in Fairport, Henrietta and the Buffalo area, plans to add about 100 jobs in its call centers in  the Rochester area, and another 40 to 50 positions in Buffalo.

The company is holding a job fair Tuesday from 10am to 2pm and again from 4 to 6pm at its Fairport headquarters at the Cross Keys Office Park.

WASHINGTON (AP) Manufacturing in New York state contracted for the third straight month in October. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says its Empire State index slid to a reading of minus 6.8 this month, lowest since May and down from a minus 2 reading in September. Anything below zero signals contraction. Economists had expected the survey to show growth this month. 

New orders, shipments and employment all fell this month, but at a slower pace than they did in September. 

Prices paid and received by manufacturers grew modestly. 


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