New jobs boost Capital Region employment figures

Posted at: 10/07/2013 7:05 PM | Updated at: 10/07/2013 7:18 PM
By: Steve Flamisch

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ALBANY -- An expanding software company and a new restaurant are contributing to the Capital Region's improving job market.

CommerceHub, an Albany-based software company that processes online claims for major retailers, has increased its staff by 25 percent this year, founder and chief executive officer Frank Poore said Monday.

"We've already hired 36 people this year alone, Poore told NewsChannel 13. "We're up to 165 total. We're adding probably another 35+ over the next nine to 12 months."

Poore -- a hockey fan who issues a personalized jersey to each new employee after 90 days on the job -- said he is looking for people in computer engineering and programming, customer service, marketing, networking, operations, and project management.

Bonefish Grill is also hiring.

The restaurant celebrated its grand opening Monday on Wolf Rd. in Colonie. Managing partner Robert Hillman said he has already hired dozens of people, but a few positions have yet to be filled.

"We're looking to get somewhere between 100 and 120 employees in the restaurant," Hillman said. "Right now, we're currently in the nineties so we're still looking for some quality people."

There are openings for bartenders, cooks, hosts, and servers, he said.

The Capital Region's unemployment rate dropped from 7.5 percent in August 2012 to 6.3 percent in August 2013, according to statistics provided by the New York State Department of Labor. Area employers added 5,000 jobs from year-to-year.

The private education and health care industries experienced the most job growth during that time (+2,400 jobs), stats showed. Local government education -- which includes public school teachers -- experienced the most job loss (-800 jobs).

The Capital Region's private sector employment rate had returned to pre-Recession levels, while the public sector was still lagging, stats showed.

AUGUST 2013 UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

Federal: 7.3 percent

New York: 7.6 percent

Capital Region: 6.3 percent



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