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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:26 am

Favorable job data reported for Genesee County in March

post by Howard B. Owens in business, economy, employment, jobs

Genesee County's unemployment rate dropped from 6.7 to 6.0 percent from last March to this March, according to the latest data from the NYS Department of Labor.

At the same time, the total number of local residents who are employed, and the total number of local residents who are unemployed, both declined.

There are now 27,500 people with jobs in the county, according to the data, compared to 27,700 in March 2014.

There are 1,800 people listed as unemployed, compared to 2,000 a year ago.

The total number of non-farm jobs in the county rose from 22,000 to 22,100. 

The number of non-farm jobs in March 2015 increased from the previous month by 200.

The total number of manufacturing jobs has remained steady during the time period at 3,000. Goods-producing jobs have held steady at 3,800.

The national unemployment rate is 5.6 percent and the state's is 5.8.

In the Rochester area, the rate is 5.5 percent, and in Buffalo, 5.9.

The rate in Orleans County, 7.2, Livingston, 5.5, and Wyoming, 7.4.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:17 pm

No clear trend in county's jobs numbers

post by Howard B. Owens in business, economy, employment, jobs

There are fewer people with jobs and fewer people without jobs in Genesee County, according to labor statistics released this afternoon.

The Department of Labor reports that in February, 27,200 residents in Genesee County had jobs, compared to the same month a year prior when 27,500 had jobs.

At the same time, the number of residents without jobs dipped from 2,200 to 1,900 over the same period. 

The county's unemployment rate dropped 7.3 percent to 6.6 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of jobs in the county remained unchanged at 21,800. That number was 21,300 in 2013 and the most recent historical high for February comes from 2008, when there were 22,400 jobs reported.

The state's unemployment rate is 6.4 percent and the nation's is 5.8, both better than a year ago.

Erie County's rate is 6.1, Monroe is 6.5.

In the GLOW region, Livingston is 6.0, Orleans, 7.8 and Wyoming 8.0.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm

'Significantly more jobs available' says director of job bureau

post by Howard B. Owens in economy, employment, jobs

If you're out of work, or underemployed, this is a great time to be looking for a job or a better job, said Scott Gage, director of the county's Job Development Bureau.

The unemployment rate has been at or below 5 percent all summer and now into the winter, which is a period of low employment the county hasn't seen since 2008.

The job bureau currently has 279 job openings listed. A year ago, there were only 199 jobs listed.

"Employers are hot to get new employees," Gage said. "This is a great time to be job searching. If people are unemployed, they should come down to the career center and see us. We can help them find a job."

Gage said they're seeing both people who were underemployed finding new employment that better meets their qualifications, and people who have been among the long-term unemployed are finding work.

For the long-term unemployed, there is a job-training program available that is funded by the federal government through the H1B visa program (the same program that brings foreign workers into the country).

The jobs available aren't just entry-level jobs, Gage said. The list includes $16 and $18 an hour jobs and jobs that pay $35,000 to $40,000 a year.

"There are significantly more jobs available now," Gage said.

PROMOTIONAL NOTE: If you're looking for a job, or need to hire an employee, don't forget about GLOWJobs.net.

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm

GCC's newly approved Food Processing degree program begins this fall, enrollment now open

post by Billie Owens in employment, food processing industry, GCC

Press release:

Responding to the need for skilled food processing workers in Western New York, Genesee Community College will begin offering a new degree program in Food Processing Technology in Fall 2014. The College recently received final approval for the Associate in Applied Science Degree program from the State Education Department.

Food Processing is a fast-growing industry in Western New York where the state Labor Department says companies find abundant dairy, strong infrastructure and close proximity to population centers in the Northeast. There are more than 650 food processing operations in the region and new jobs are being added yearly. The industry has a need for trained workers and this program will respond to that need.

GCC has developed a two-year, 63-credit curriculum that includes general education coursework as well as specific training in food safety, sanitation and hazard analysis; food and dairy processing operations; analytical methods and food labeling. Graduates of the program will understand basic principles of food science including the chemical, physical and microbiological properties of food, as well as the technology used to create an abundant supply of safe, nutritious and delicious food.

"We worked with food processing companies and other educational institutions, including Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension, to develop this program," said Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Ph.D, dean of Math, Science and Career Education. "They told us what they need and this program will provide them with the trained workers they are seeking. For graduates, that means excellent prospects for well-paying jobs upon completion of the degree."

In addition to classroom lectures and science lab experiments, students in the program will complete an internship at a Food Processing operation as part of the program.

"This also enhances opportunities for job placement," Maldonado said.

The Genesee County Economic Development Center indicates that trained workers are paid significantly higher than those who don't have advanced skills, with annual salaries ranging from $30,000 to $60,000.

Those interested in enrolling in the new Food Processing Technology AAS Degree program can find more information online at http://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/tech/Food.

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8:14 am

Genesee County said to have 100 more jobs this March over last March

post by Howard B. Owens in economy, employment, jobs

The Labor Department reports 100 more jobs in Genesee County for March 2014 over March 2013.

There are a reported non-farm 21,700 jobs in the county. That's also an increase over February, when 21,500 jobs were reported.

The highest number of jobs in Genesee County for March since 1990 was 22,700 in 2008.

According to the Labor Department, New York added 108,000 over the past year.

The state's unemployment rate is reported at 6.0. The county's updated unemployment rate is not yet available. The rate for February was 7.5 percent.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Photos: Spring job fair at GCC

post by Howard B. Owens in employment, GCC, job fair, jobs

More than 30 businesses were on hand at GCC today for a spring job fair, with dozens of job seekers using the opportunity to make connections with employers and hand out resumes.

Above, Rodney Casey shows off his portfolio.

ICE officer Michelle Marino talks about Homeland Security with Andrew Vicary.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Photos: Medical field job fair at GCC

post by Howard B. Owens in employment, GCC, jobs

GCC hosted a job fair this afternoon for those seeking careers or new jobs in the healthcare fields. About two dozen employers had information available and dozens of job candidates came through the forum during the fair.

GCC will host a job fair for general employment opportunities in the region April 10.

If you're in the market for a job or for employees, be sure to check out our new employment Web site for the region, GLOWJobs.net.

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

HVAC Installer

post by Ashley Paganello in employment, HVAC

Company Name

Coastal Staffing

Job Type


Coastal Staffing is looking for HVAC Installers.  Please see below for various requirements.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Install heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration equipment, as well as other products
  • Fabricate and install various ducts & duct fittings
  • Work under minimum supervision to install HVAC equipment in businesses and customer's homes
  • Responsible for delivery of excellent customer service and sustaining high levels of customer satisfaction
  • Follows standard procedures & process  to ensure that the company vehicle is properly stocked, returns defective and unused parts to the division and replenishes vehicle stock as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Department Supervisor
  • Flexibility to work in Sheet Metal shop or in the field
  • Able to travel outside Batavia, Genesee County in to Livingston, Monroe, Orleans and Wyoming counties
  • Routinely lift objects weighing up to 100lbs
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.  Communicate effectively with others
  • Maintain regular attendance. Dedicated to work variable hours and be on call 24/7 as needed.

Education & Experience

  • GED
  • Standard practices of the HVAC and refrigeration trade
  • Welding and soldering techniques
  • Basic Auto Mechanic and Sheet Metal Skills

If you feel that you meet these requirements and are interested please send your resume to [email protected] today!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Construction / Carpentry

post by Ashley Paganello in Coastal Staffing, employment, jobs
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Financial Consultant for Batavia and Geneseo Offices

post by Katie Scott in employment, Licensed Banker

Company Name

ESL Investment Services, LLC, A Subsidiary of ESL Federal Credit Union

Job Type



Interested in joining a great company?  Consider ESL – one of the Best Workplaces in America.

ESL Investment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of ESL Federal Credit Union, provides access to a wide range of quality investment products.  Our financial professionals recognize that every investor's needs are different.  

What’s also different is the focus we place on those who contribute to our success.  In addition to working in a thriving, team environment, our employees receive a very generous compensation and benefits package including health, dental, life, 401(k), pension, vacation, paid holidays, profit sharing, and more.  

Due to our continued success, we are seeking a talented Financial Consultant to work at our Batavia and Geneseo, NY offices.  This position is accountable for developing and delivering sales of non-deposit investment products through a branch based territory, while complying with all applicable regulatory requirements.

Financial Consultant should possess the following qualities:

  • Well-connected in the Batavia, and Geneseo, NY communities
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance/Business or equivalent business experience required
  • FINRA Series 7, 26/24, Series 63 and NY Life and Disability Insurance License
  • Knowledge and application of MSRB, FINRA and State Insurance rules and regulations, as well as any update/new developments pertaining to the securities industry which specifically affect relationships between salespeople and customers
  • Thorough knowledge of packaged products, and insurance products
  • Broad based knowledge relating to personal financial planning, trusts and estates
  • Minimum 3-5 years investment sales experience required, and insurance experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of credit union products and the referral process
  • Demonstrated team player and high quality service provider
  • PC proficient
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Able to handle confidential material to avoid any disclosure of such information
  • Proven ability to resolve conflicts and complaints
  • Unblemished compliance record


Please visit our website at esl.org/careers to learn more about the Financial Consultant position and requirements or click on the link below to apply directly to the opportunity.   


ESL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages men and women, members of all racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.                        












Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC, and a Registered Investment Advisor. Insurance products may be offered through either ESL Investment Services, LLC or LPL Financial and/or its licensed affiliates.


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