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Jobs: Improving slowly but surely

The Buffalo Niagara region added more than 2,000 jobs in the last 12 months. That may seem hearty, but according to the New York Labor Department, that’s just a 0.4 percent rate of growth.

During April, layoffs in the public sector continued. But those were offset by gains in private business.

According to the Buffalo News:

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Buffalo has two traditions going, one bad and one good.

First, the bad: the city continued to lose population precipitously, as it has for the past 60 years.

Now, the good: Buffalo has gained jobs for the sixth straight month, according to jobs data analyzed by the Buffalo News.  Over the last year, that's amounted to 1,500 new jobs.

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Former Governor David Paterson warned that New York State was approaching a fiscal crisis in a televised address in July of 2008. From when Paterson took office in March of 2008, to the end of his term, the state laid off thousands of public employees, and encouraged others to take an early retirement.

Of the state's major agencies, these ten took the biggest cuts to their workforce, according to numbers provided by the State Division of the Budget.*

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Empire State Development (ESD) gave out some awards yesterday. Nothing big. About $160,000 per award. In press release-speak the money is meant to "expand production and increase productivity through enhanced environmental performance."

We get this story all the time: private business buoyed by public investment. It's an inescapable part of how business and government operates.

As such, we think it's an important thing to understand. Because if you're going to moan about Tax Payer Dollars, it's always good to try to figure out how they work.

So here's the math on the Environmental Investment Program (EIP) awards.

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We know the benefits of Sematech’s move to New York’s capital region. State officials say the consortium of microchip makers is bringing 100 high tech jobs when it relocates its headquarters from Austin, TX to the University at Albany.