Jobs

Fisher-Price

Fifty employees of the Fisher-Price company in East Aurora have been laid off, as part of a nationwide cutback of personnel by parent company Mattel.

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If you look at local job ads, there are usually pages of open jobs but an acute shortage of people with needed skills. The Northland Workforce Training Center is ramping up its recruitment for skills training.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county is doing pretty well: jobs are up and county agencies are showing how well they can help members of the public. However, delivering his annual State of the County address Thursday, he said more needs to be done.

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The visual images on television were very clear: Republicans were vocal in their praise of President Trump's State of the Union message, while Democrats were not wearing out their hands with applause. However, there was one issue that seemed to cross the aisle: infrastructure.

Apple

If at first you don't succeed.... Erie County Legislature Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo says Apple may a better fit for Western New York than Amazon.

It wouldn't make any sense to send a French-speaking refugee to a German-speaking town in Switzerland.

But under Switzerland's current system of placing refugees, that's a situation that can easily happen. This problem isn't unique to Switzerland, and it's not the only kind of mismatch that might happen.

Erie County Executive's Office

Local officials and business owners came together for the signing of a new executive order that focuses on hiring local labor for large construction projects in Erie County.

Marketplace

Erie County is competing in one of the great corporate gold rushes: the fight to grab Amazon's new $5 billion corporate home and potentially 50,000 jobs averaging $100,000 a person.

New York State

Although upstate regions continue to struggle, New York State had more jobs last year than at any time since the Great Recession, according to a new report on employment published Monday by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

There were 800 people registered for the Panasonic job fare Wednesday evening at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center - and more than that came to fill out forms and present resumes - as the company plans 150 hires by the end of August.

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The growth of the film industry in Western New York is having a positive effect on jobs. As the number of films produced here increases, so, too, does the number of local people needed to work on their crews. Several area colleges, as well as the regional film commission itself, are now offering courses for entry-level positions on film crews. On this week's Press Pass, WBFO’s Pat Feldballe talks with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark about the trend.


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A local economic development strategy has to include the area's growing immigrant and refugee population. That is according to the International Institute of Buffalo's Eva Hassett, speaking Thursday night at Medaille.

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Work on the $60 million Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project is ramping up. The focus of the mostly-state funded project is a workforce training center.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Across Western New York, the list of plants that have closed is very long and getting longer. Those were good jobs and many paid well, well enough to support making life and a family possible. Tulip Molded Plastics just opened a newly renovated plant in Niagara Falls that is keeping its current workforce but finding it difficult to find more employees.

Invest Buffalo Niagara

A new suite of reports on the local labor market has been released to help attract businesses and talent to Western New York.

If you’re looking for a job, a popular personal finance website says Buffalo is one of the worst cities to conduct your search.

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen fast-food restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder as his secretary of labor, his transition team announced Thursday.

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Holdings, the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, and in a statement Trump praised him as someone who "has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans."

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Finding good jobs is a must for young professionals who aim to stay in the region. Just ten years ago, Buffalo was hardly an oasis for young professionals who were looking to make their mark. But things are changing, and many millennials are seeing Buffalo in a new light.


Ashley Hirtzel

When it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, SolarCity isn’t the only project experiencing problems. State officials had high hopes for a much smaller initiative—a visual effects training program at Daemen College, in partnership with a company promising to create new jobs in the fledgling industry in Buffalo.


Waverly Colville

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addressed Buffalo’s development, Start-Up NY criticism and Hilary Clinton’s email scandal during a visit to Buffalo Manufacturing Works Wednesday.

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Transportation companies looking to hire new workers are hitting roadblocks at the state DMV. Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs says the wait time for a Commercial Driver License road test can be as long as three months.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Against the backdrop of Buffalo’s economic boom, some East Side community leaders are worried about being left out of the city's so-called "renaissance." Crime and high unemployment are still a part of everyday life for many and stakeholders are hoping new development ideas will help reshape their neighborhood. WBFO's Thomas O'Neil-White reports.


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With the recent announcement by Solar City that job creation at the plant will be drastically reduced, concerns are being raised.

Newly revised numbers from the State Labor Department show Buffalo's job growth has not been as strong as previously declared. But one local economist is dubious of the new data.

Love and marriage and the immigration process can be very related.

Ontario job creation up by close to 20,000

Feb 6, 2016

ONTARIO (CP) — Provincial Finance Minister Charles Sousa says most of the jobs being created in Ontario are good paying, full-time positions.

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US Senator Charles Schumer is weighing in on the announcement that Xerox will be splitting into two companies.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

One local state lawmaker says while Buffalo is enjoying new economic growth, it's not necessarily benefiting the city's poorest. Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing a new job placement program, backed by dollars from the Buffalo Billion, to chip away at the city's poverty.


Charlotte Keith / Investigative Post

Diversity hiring goals at the SolarCity plant under construction in South Buffalo have not resulted in a lot of jobs for African Americans, even though they account for nearly 40 percent of the city’s population. Charlotte Keith from our partner Investigative Post analyzed the employment data.


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The acquisition of First Niagara Bank by Key Bank will be facing close scrutiny by Senator Charles Schumer.

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