Buffalo, New York's unemployment is at 8.9 percent, bringing it from 77th to 35th ranked in a portfolio.com snapshot of the nation's top 100 labor markets
. In a piece that calls the market dismal, one can't help but notice that some of the hardest-hit post-industrial areas are some of the first places to recover (Rochester, Buffalo, Pittsburgh).
On the other hand, cities that were development Meccas before the economic slide (Phoenix, Greensboro, Reno), have fallen drastically on the list. Detroit, still reeling from the most recent car-manufacturing cuts, a fallout of the nationwide economic crisis, stayed at 100, and many towns in Ohio seem to be sliding down the chart.
Keeping our raised rate of employment in mind, it's important to know that the main employers in Buffalo
include life sciences, through two hospital systems (Kaleida and Catholic Health), banking (HSBC and M&T), grocery stores (Tops and Wegmans) and employment related services in the private sector. In the public sector, the top employers are the State of New York, including our three state universities/colleges (UB, Buffalo State, Erie Community); followed by Federal Government jobs, followed by the City of Buffalo, which includes the Buffalo Public Schools.
With this trend in mind, it might be helpful to know that the University of Buffalo is holding a press conference at 10:00 this morning to announce "a powerful new workforce development program
, iSciWNY (I-sigh-WNY)," dedicated to preparing people from our region for work in the life sciences industry. The foundation of the program is that life science related jobs do not require one to be a scientist, as there are a many sectors of employment under the industry's umbrella.
Presuming unemployed Buffalonians haven't moved to the Carolinas to join the growing ranks of unemployed there, this bit of news may help give direction to those looking for a job or planning a career here in Buffalo. Be sure to check the UB site
after this morning's press conference, when particulars of the workforce development program will be revealed.