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Syracuse Named # 8 Happiest City to Work in
CareerBliss named Syracuse the No. 8 happiest city to work in on its 2012 list of the Happiest and Unhappiest Cities for Work. Syracuse scored a 4.063 out of 5 in factors that affect job happiness, including relationships with bosses and co-workers, work environment, resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company reputation, and control over the work done on a daily basis. Read More

Workforce

Central New York has a highly skilled, well educated, productive workforce of 330,700 with an average wage of $42,487. Emerging from a traditional manufacturing base of employment, the area is now dominated by new-economy business sectors.

Syracuse Workforce:

  • Syracuse and Upstate New York benefit from over 100,000 annual graduates and 36 colleges and universities within 100 miles of Syracuse, including Syracuse, Cornell, and Colgate Universities, LeMoyne College, as well as a number of State Universities (SUNY) and local community colleges.
  • More than 56% of the Syracuse workforce is college educated.
  • Onondaga County‚Äôs central position in the Syracuse - Auburn CSA and outstanding network of highways allows for excellent commuting patterns. The average commute is just over 19 minutes.
  • In 2011 the New York State Department of Labor identified 12 significant growth industries in the Central New York region including computer and electronic product manufacturing, educational services and health care. A majority of these sectors increased their employment levels between 2006 and 2009 and, as a whole, pay more than the regional average weekly wage. For a complete analysis, please click here.
  • For current New York State Department of Labor statistics and the long-term outlook for the Central New York region, please click here.

Onondaga County Employment by Industry - 2010

Industry 

Average Employment 

Average Wage 

 

Industry 

Average Employment 

Average Wage


Total Private 202,493  $42,001   
 
 
 
Educational Services 8,637 $43,853
Total Government 40,599 $44,909 Transportation & Warehousing 8,414  $38,217
Health Care & Social Assistance 31,541 $42,663  Other/Misc.  8,128 $28,386
Retail Trade  27,230 $23,997  Information Management 4,532 $53,056
Manufacturing  22,626 $60,427  Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,703  $75,480
Accommodation & Food Services 17,365 $15,587 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 3,533 $14,131
Professional & Technical Services 13,285 $59,099 Real Estate & Rental/Leasing 3,499 $33,793
Administrative & Waste Services 13,088 $29,991 Utilities 1,461 $95,466
Wholesale Trade 12,890 $55,580 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 553 $23,702
Finance & Insurance 11,985 $59,055 Mining 170 $47,534
Construction 9,685 $49,919 *Source - NYS Dept. of Labor Quarterly Census of NAICS Industries Employment and Wages 2010 Annual Report for Onondaga County