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9:36am

Fri March 21, 2014
Veterans

Economic prospects for veterans looking up

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.) stand with a group of veterans in 2012.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Military veterans bring a unique skill set when starting their own businesses, but they also face many of the same challenges as non-veteran entrepreneurs.

There are more than 900,000 vets in New York state and the unemployment rate among those who served in the last decade is consistently higher than state and national levels.

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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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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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9:32am

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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9:23am

Wed January 15, 2014
Jobs

Buyout could mean growth for Watertown employer Stream

An important employer in Watertown will be bought out by a rival company. The purchasing company, Convergys, says if anything, the sale of call center Stream should make workers optimistic. Joanna Richards reports.

An important Watertown employer will be bought out by a larger company, but a spokeswoman says workers have reason to be optimistic about the sale.

The $820 million deal will merge Stream Global Services into Cincinnati-based Convergys. Both companies run customer service call centers for big businesses around the world.

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