For the thirteenth year, the City of Buffalo will be offering its Summer Youth Internship Program.

New York State Department of Financial Services

The New York State Senate Wednesday confirmed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s nominee to regulate the state's more than 1,500 insurance companies and nearly 1,600 banking and other financial institutions. Maria Vullo has served as Acting Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services since February, when she was nominated by Cuomo to lead the agency he created in 2011 in response to the banking crisis.

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Solar City officials met a skeptical audience in an East Side auditorium last night as they talked about the company's plans for the Riverbend complex in South Buffalo.

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Even when lots of new jobs are created, the poor have difficulty finding jobs. A panel discussion last night at Buffalo State College said in order for that to change, the way people are hired also has to change.

Job growth in Buffalo Niagara region hits 16-year high

Jul 17, 2015
Chris Caya

Job growth in the Buffalo Niagara region has reached its strongest point in 16 years.  State Labor Department numbers show that over the last year, 12,700 new jobs have been created in the area. The growth spans almost every sector, including the construction industry, which hit a 25-year high in June.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the Hire Buffalo & WNY initiative is working. To date, 115 unemployed people have gained a new job through the program. 

Geico says it has plans to hire up to 800 workers in the Buffalo area this year.

Two food processing plants in Dunkirk and Silver Creek are slated to close, eliminating 375 local jobs.

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The 8th Annual Western New York Construction Career Days continues in Lakeview Thursday. The two-day event is geared towards high school students and veterans.

The event offers students and veterans a first-hand look at what jobs in the trades entail.  WNY Construction Career Days Committee Chair John Magney said in many cases, schools are only directing students to college. 

"And as we all know we're not all cut out for college. You see these kids walk away from this event really thinking that this could be an opportunity for a career," said Magney.

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The national numbers portray an improving employment picture, but the count of hundreds at a Wednesday job fair in Niagara Falls shows a gloomier, more desperate reality.

WBFO and AM970's Mark Leitner visited the fair and spoke with many of the attendees.

The day, perhaps, offered a microcosm of the nation's changing economy.