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Chautauqua County unemployment rate hits double digits

March 16, 2013

The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County is above 10 percent. According to the state Labor Department, the county’s January unemployment rate is 10.1 percent, which is ....

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Mar-17-13 8:37 PM

Call me crazy, but how are we going to increase tourism when we can't keep the beaches open for much of the summer due to E coli and other bacteria issues? What else is there? Wineries? This area is dying. Next to suffer is the college with enrollment down. They are closing up some cafes and letting people go. (All the while they are building new buildings. Makes no sense.) The life of this area has come full circle. Hopefully it can make it back up the next hill.

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Mar-16-13 8:15 PM

Last one out turn off the lights...that is if they are still on.

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Mar-16-13 8:08 PM

Most of the country has lostr jobs to China and other low cost foreign countries. Our county is unique because we have not been able to replace the jobs lost. It all gets back to excessive taxes and powerful public employee unions. I think our leaders understand this but to change things would probably cost them their own jobs so don't look for a solution anytime soon. Just keep voting the same jokers into office and we will be just fine!!

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Mar-16-13 4:01 PM

This is only the beginning. In about a month, you'll see another 400 jobs leaving the county as a result of the previous news stories about Carriage House and Petri. Many think that the rest of the Carriage House jobs leaving is just a matter of time. They have factories in other states and the new owner, Con Agra, has a bunch also, all of which could make what is currently be made here and many of these are in business friendly states that are offering incentives to bring jobs. NY only offers red tape and more taxes.

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Mar-16-13 3:59 PM

Are you serious Judeye? Why the decline? Our President & your holy father Barry Obama is at war with almost all things we mine....oil,gas & let's not forget COAL. It's funny how you never chime in when the discussion is about NRG & coal. Does hit a little too close to home for you? Christopher is right....tourism equals LOW paying jobs & not much revenue around here......if we could only move Niagara Falls....

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Mar-16-13 3:26 PM

we needed a news story to know this? tourism only goes so far and industry leaving at a steady rate to go elsewere? i have heard that the amish are being forced to move out of the area because of county government demands on their lifestyle. they do bring in a bit of tourism, so if its true, we are in a losing battle.i have also heard cummins has alot of job openings but they cant find enough people to pass the drug test. chaut co. doesnt stand a chance of surviving if these stories are true.

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Mar-16-13 3:00 PM

Hate to admit it again but Christopher is right regarding tourism. Only when all else fails do people around here start talking about tourism. Really, what % of people want to come to this area on vacation? Those that vacation here are usually from Buffalo, Pittsburgh or Cleveland who have a home on Chaut lake or lake Erie or the hunters from those same cities. No large amount of people are coming to western NY for vacation ever.

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Mar-16-13 2:53 PM

Wow, down fom triple digits. That's progress!

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Mar-16-13 2:10 PM

Rising unemployment? So much for Edwards, the CCLeg, IDA Director Bill Daly and all the others who never stop patting themselves on the back, yet look at the results.

They can blame the state all they want and not take any responsibility for Chat Co's poor economic conditions, but they can't deny the fact Chat Co taxpayers pay some of the highest property & school tax rates (% wise) in the entire country. Their individual and collective performance speaks for itself.

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Mar-16-13 1:39 PM

If you create an environment that is business friendly they will come. When they come they will hire and train their own workforce. However, this state really does not want jobs, if that was the case then we would have businesses coming in, not going or down sizing. Just look at what the state has done in the energy field, we could create thousands of jobs in the gas industry just like many other states. This even applies to the wind industry that was looking to invest in this area and because of the state every one of these companies have left for more business friendly areas. However, this state would rather have no jobs or low paid jobs, unless it is government jobs. We are the victims of the state and ourselves, i guess we deserve what we get. So lets keep voting these people in and watch our future keep going down.

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Mar-16-13 11:47 AM

What kind of jobs does an increase in tourism generate? I'll tell what kind of jobs, low level, minimum wage opportunities and little else. We'll never ne south Florida or the Bahamas, please. Calls for tourism is for people bankrupt of other ideas and basically giving in to a decline. So, if that's the case, then the last one out, turn out the lights.

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Mar-16-13 9:43 AM

Why the large drop in mining and construction jobs? I would like to know more of this.

What are the jobs that the CEO of the Chamber cites are available but we do not have trained workers to fill them? Why are not training programs in the development so that we can train workers to fill them?

We need more economic development in this region. Real development..not ideas like building more 'affordable housing'. Why not set up training programs for those type of jobs where companies nationwide are having difficulty filling? If we had the trained workers the companies would come.

Margaret Vallone also is calling on more tourism in our region. I cannot agree more. we have so much to offer..we need to do a better job of marketing our region. Who is working on this? (any doubt of tourists..take a look at places like Van Buren where most of those folks come up from Pittsburgh to spend the summer)

Market our region....increase the skills of our workers..=JOBS

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Mar-16-13 8:36 AM

wonderful news if you are a democrat. Food stamp use at record highs too. The modern breadline. Now if we ban fracking by farmers on their own land we can really increase poverty and unemployment.We need some really scary end of the world scenarios on this libs. You can do it. All in the spirit of wilson and FDR, destroying private enterprise. It is something to be proud of . possibly another planning commission or an increase in govt would help too .

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