This column was written by Brian Crandall, who runs “Ithacating in Cornell Heights.”
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The first run of the December job numbers are out, and Ithaca is sitting pretty.
When compared to December 2013, the Ithaca metro added 1,200 jobs, an increase of 1.7%.
For the month, Ithaca’s growth in New York State was surpassed only by New York City’s 2.3%.
For the whole year of 2014, preliminary figures suggest that Ithaca’s 1.8% job growth was the fourth-greatest of the 14 state metros, following NYC’s 2.7%, Kingston’s 2.2% and Albany-Schenectady-Troy’s 2.1%.
Kingston is an even smaller job market than Ithaca, Albany is nearly 6x larger (and is growing thanks in large part to its tech boom), and NYC is NYC, dominating the state with nearly 100,000 more jobs year-over-year, thus solidifying control over the state, northeast, USA and perhaps in their minds, world and universe.
The federal BLS website has yet to be updated as of publication, so I can’t give the breakdowns on what market sectors gained jobs.
On the one hand, the numbers are auspicious, the region is growing economically. On the other hand, when the entire county adds a couple hundred housing units per year, this is exacerbating the housing problem. (And, for sure, many would like to see better paying jobs return to Ithaca.)
At a glance, I’d suggest there are more commuters from the surrounding counties than there were in December 2013.