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1:15pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Job Stats

New York state adds 5,400 private sector jobs in January, losses felt in Southern Tier communities

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The New York State Department of Labor says that new figures showing the addition of 5,400 non-farm jobs in January saw the state’s unemployment drop from 7.0% to 6.8%, a five-year low.

The unemployment rate for areas outside NYC was 6% in January, a drop of 1.5% from a year ago.

Job losses for the year January 2013 - January 2014 show up in the non-seasonally adjusted figures for Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Binghamton and Elmira.

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10:16am

Wed February 26, 2014
Defense Cuts

Fort Drum may fare better than other bases, but more cuts likely

Mark Kurtz/NCPR

Since Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel detailed his proposal for deep military cutbacks Monday, officials in Watertown have been trying to divine what that could mean for Fort Drum. They believe the Army post is well-positioned - but that doesn't mean it won't take a hit.

The military is already in downsizing mode as the war in Afghanistan winds down. But Hagel’s plan calls for deeper cuts, including shrinking the Army to its smallest size since before World War Two.

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4:33pm

Thu February 20, 2014
Remington Arms

Remington's Alabama expansion plans have Ilion locals worried

The Remington Arms factory in Ilion, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

When Remington Arms announced that it was going to build a new manufacturing and development facility in Huntsville, Ala., people in central New York's Mohawk valley became concerned their jobs were on the line.

So far none of the plant's 1,300 employees are losing their jobs, but lawmakers say more can be done to support the firearm manufacturer’s operation in the town of Ilion. New York’s passage of the controversial Safe Act has been cited as reasons for Remington's expansion in the south.

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9:43am

Thu February 20, 2014
Fort Drum

Army officers anxious as they await word of cuts

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 8:55 am

A soldier trains at Fort Drum
Joanna Richards

In any company town, when the major employer is planning layoffs, people get worried. How will they earn a living if they lose their job? How will they remake their identity?

This is the picture for many Army officers stationed at Fort Drum. By early summer, some will find out they have to go.

It’s part of an overall downsizing of the military as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Evaluations this spring will determine whether some officers can stay in the service.

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9:32am

Thu February 20, 2014
Jobs

Labor secretary highlights high-tech manufacturing in visit

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, left, tours the Syracuse Center of Excellence with CoE director Ed Bogucz and NuClimate's John DiMillo.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The United States Labor Secretary visited central New York on Wednesday to announce a new workforce training grant program and to emphasize advanced manufacturing.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez went to the Fulton Companies in Pulaski, and then on to the Center of Excellence in Syracuse. Perez, a Buffalo native, was promoting a $150 million workforce training program targeting the long-term unemployed.

"If we reduce that long term unemployment rate to the rates that it’s usually at after recessions, we could bring our unemployment rate down to the low fives," he said.

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