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Labor Statistics for the Central New York Region Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties

Private sector jobs in the Syracuse metro area rose over the year by 2,600, or 1.0 percent, to 262,500 in May 2017. Growth was centered in professional and business services (+2,300), leisure and hospitality (+900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+500), information (+200), other services (+200) and manufacturing (+100). Job losses occurred in educational and health services (-700), financial activities (-500) and natural resources, mining and construction (-400). The government job count rose over the year (+600) with job gains concentrated in local government education and state government education.

Of Special Interest to the Central New York Region:

Analyzing the Needs of Local Employers

by Karen Knapik-Scalzo, Associate Economist, Central New York
(Excerpted from the February 2014 issue of the Employment in New York State newsletter)

What skills and credentials are companies looking for in potential employees? This qustion is often asked by jobseekers, economic developers, students and training providers. Here, we attempt to answer this important question by analyzing online job listings to determine which job titles and skills are currently in demand in Central New York.

Online job postings are one important source of information. They tell us what employers want in job candidates, including specific skills, certifications, licenses or college majors. Another important source, which complements online job postings, is labor market information (LMI) from the State Department of Labor. LMI touches on a wide range of issues such as growing industries, job titles in demand and employment projections.

Job Listing Insights

We used the Labor Insight data tool from Burning Glass International to examine online job listings from local employers to gauge demand for specific certifications and licenses. Several of these skills and occupations fall under the broad categories of health services, transportation and finance. The most common license in demand is Registered Nurse, a large occupation which employs over 8,000 workers in the region. Some of the most common licenses or certifications local employers are currently looking for in potential hires include:
  • Health Services: Registered Nurse; First Aid CPR AED; Acute Care Certification; Nurse Practitioner; Certified Nursing Assistant; Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP); Home Health Aide; Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
  • Transportation: CDL Class A; Commercial Driver's License; Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification
  • Finance: Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Other popular licenses/certifications include: teaching; project management; computer-related; and manufacturing specialties. This demand emphasizes the area's diversified economy.

Businesses also seek potential employees that possess specific college majors. Our analysis also looked at college majors currently in demand, based on online job listings that specify a college major. Some of the most popular majors local firms are seeking include:

  • Business Adminstration and Management
  • Nursing Science
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians

These in-demand college majors reflect strong demand for a variety of job titles, including: business; health services; computer-related; and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. In addition, occupations in these majors tend to pay well.

Skills in Demand

We can go a step further to analyze specific skills employers are seeking, based on local job postings. These workplace skills represent technical as well as social skills. Some of the common skills local employers are looking for include:
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Customer Service
  • Writing
  • Leadership
  • Computer Software (e.g., Microsoft Office)

Businesses also place high importance on abilities in sales, repair, scheduling, mathematics, patient care, merchandising, accounting and inspection.

Summing Up

Every day there are thousands of online job listings in Central New York. These listings give us important information about the inner workings of the local labor market. Our analysis shows that local employers are seeking workers with specific technical and professional knowledge across a broad spectrum of industries, such as health, engineering, computer-related, business, finance, and transportation.

These labor market insights give jobseekers valuable information on where to target their job searches and which skills to highlight. Training institutions and colleges can also use this intelligence for program development purposes. Working together with employers, these organizations can help meet the needs of the local economy.


For more information, please contact:
Karen Knapik-Scalzo
NYS Department of Labor
450 S. Salina St., Room 300
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 479-3390
Fax: (315) 479-3271

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