About Wyoming County
Available, Affordable Labor
Recent Census Bureau statistics show that the County's population of 44,450 makes Wyoming County one of three Western New York counties that gained population within the last decade. Growth is expected to continue, which means that employees are readily available. There is also a relatively high unemployment rate from which to draw, as well as a high percentage of resident workers (20% +) who presently commute to work outside the county.
A report issued in 2000 by PF Resources documents an underemployed labor pool of about 31,800 workers for this region. About 25% of these workers would take a new job for $10 per hour or less and have the skills, experience and education to qualify them. An analysis of workforce skills shows an emphasis on agribusiness and manufacturing. As the 20th largest milk producing county in the US, the region delivers strong support to that industry as well as to specialty agricultural products. A growing presence in the precision metalworking industry suggests the availability of a skilled workforce in that area.
EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR
|--Finance, Insurance, R.E.||5.6%|
|STATISTICS FROM 2000|
Comparative wage statistics for Wyoming County, other states and the nation are available from the WCBC office. Most relevant is the comparison of total average wages for Wyoming County versus neighboring counties and New York State:
AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGES PER WORKER
|New York State||$40,705||$46,387|
|SOURCES: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 1998|
|AND U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, 1997|