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No. 15 Strongest Job Market: Rochester, N.Y.


No. 15 Strongest Job Market: Rochester, N.Y.

Who's hiring: Manufacturing (nondurable goods), Professional & business services

Percent companies planning to hire in Q3: 22 percent
Population: 1,035,566 (+0.2 percent YOY)
Unemployment rate: 7.3 percent
Mean annual income: $42,270

Rochester's economy has been more stable than many and has started to improve. The unemployment rate has dropped to 7.3 percent from a high of 8.2 percent in July 2009 and more jobs are opening. For example, three companies, Intrinsiq Materials, Quintel Technology, and Omni-ID, plan to add a total of 250 full-time employees who will specialize in research, development, and manufacturing of advanced technology, reported the Greater Rochester Enterprise, the area's marketing organization. There were 14,200 online ads for jobs in the area in June, 42.9 percent more than in June 2009, according to the Conference Board.