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.

employment by occupation graph

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
Farm Employment 8.3%
Non-Farm Employment 91.7%
Private Employment 67.4%
--Agricultural Services 2.0%
--Construction 4.6%
--Manufacturing 14.7%
--Transportation, Utilities 4.3%
--Wholesale Trade .2%
--Retail Trade 16.9%
--Finance, Insurance, R.E. 5.6%
--Services 17.0%
Public Sector 24.3%
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
ALL INDUSTRIES MANUFACTURING
Wyoming County $25,261 $29,484
New York State $40,705 $46,387
Erie County $29,775 $43,177
Niagara County $29,107 $46,829
Monroe County $34,367 $51,872
United States $28,945 $36,958
SOURCES: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 1998
AND U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, 1997

CONTACT: James M. Pierce, President of Wyoming County Business Center
PHONE: (585) 786-3764 | FAX: (585) 786-6020 | WEBSITE: www.wycobusiness.org