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CNY regions showed mixed job growth in December N.Y. report

By Eric Reinhardt (


The sub-regions of Central New York painted a mixed picture of job growth in December compared to the year-ago month.

The Syracuse and Watertown–Fort Drum areas gained jobs between December 2022 and this past December. Meanwhile, the Binghamton and Ithaca regions lost jobs and the Utica–Rome and Elmira areas posted no job growth or losses in the same period.

The data was part of the monthly employment report that the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) issued on Jan. 18.

December jobs-data details

The Syracuse region gained 3,600 jobs between December 2022 and December 2023, a 1.1 percent rise. Also adding jobs in the same period was the Watertown–Fort Drum area, which picked up 600 positions, an increase of 1.5 percent.

The Binghamton region lost 200 jobs, a decline of 0.2 percent in the last year, and the Ithaca metro area shed 100 positions, also a decrease of 0.2 percent in that period.

The Utica–Rome region had 122,500 jobs in December 2023, no change from December 2022. The Elmira metro area also had no change in jobs in the last year, staying put at 35,400 positions.

New York state as a whole added 79,600 jobs, an increase of 0.8 percent, between December 2022 and December 2023. The state economy also gained 8,300 jobs, a 0.1 percent rise, between November and December 2023, the NYSDOL said.