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Rochester Receives Low Rank in New Job Market Report

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By Breon Martin Rochester

A new report has compiled a list of the hottest and coldest metro job markets in the nation. The Wall Street Journal looked at metro areas with more than 1 million people. Rochester coming in at 50 — ranked the #1 coldest place for jobs.

Rochester business specialists are saying that is simply untrue.

“It’s not what we’re seeing here in Rochester, OFD foods is hiring, American Packaging, Constellation Brands is hiring, so we’ve got a number of companies that are looking for people. We see the market much hotter than the report does,” said President and Chief Executive Officer at Greater Rochester Enterprise, Matt Hurlbutt.

Adam Smith and his team at Career Start not only connect potential employees with their future employers in Rochester, but they also go out and find those in need of work.

“We have entry-level positions where someone who has never worked before can get a job and positions such as engineers and high-level positions where you have to have a master’s degree to get a position,” he said.

The attributes used to measure each city in the 2018 report are: unemployment rate, labor-force participation and change in employment and labor force.

“We see that hiring is definitely picking up and sometimes those reports that show old data don’t show what the trends are,” said Smith.

The Journal’s report claims Rochester was the smallest major-metro region in the ranking, with barely 1 million in population; having the least dynamic labor market.

“We’re a smaller retro metropolitan area compared to Atlanta and NYC and other metropolitan area that have different criteria around them,” added Hurlbutt.

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