Tuesday November 19, 2013

Analysis: Manufacturing Sector in County Shows Growth

Education, health sectors also main sources of employment
By Lou Sorendo

    Who said manufacturing is a thing of the past in Oswego County?

    Based on data featured in the 2014 Business Guide, manufacturing is on a comeback.

    Seven of the top-20 private employers in Oswego County are manufacturers.

    Together, these manufacturers employ 2,613 workers, according to the 2014 Business Guide, produced by Oswego County Business Magazine. That is an increase of 74 jobs, or nearly 3 percent, when compared to 2013 guide figures.
    A year ago, the seven top manufacturers accounted for 2,539 jobs.

    Last year, six of the top-20 private employers in Oswego County were manufacturers. However, Felix Schoeller North America leapt from 21st to 11th on the top-20 list by adding 114 jobs over the past 12 months.

    Novelis Corp. created the most jobs over the past year among the top manufacturers, adding 175 jobs thanks to the newly opened high-performance aluminum processing lines for automotive applications.

    The $208 million expansion began in 2011 to meet the increased demand for automotive aluminum sheet in the United States.

    Of the top-20 private employers in the 2014 guide, eight show job increases, six had job losses while the remainder stayed stable. St. Luke Health Services featured the most significant job increase of the top-20 private employers with 182 additional jobs.

    The county’s nuclear power producers — Constellation Energy Nuclear and Entergy Nuclear — are both in the top-five among private employers. Combined, they employ 1,675 workers, identical to last year’s figures.

    Health, education sectors

    It’s all been about “eds and meds” over the last several years, and those sectors remain significant sources for jobs in both the public and private realms in Oswego County.

    In the private sector, six of the top-25 employers are health related. Oswego Health is the number-one private employer in the county with 1,237 workers.

    Employment within those six healthcare organizations has been stable. They employ 2,475 workers in the county. A year ago, that number was 2,491.

    On the education scene, 12 of the top-15 public employers are educational institutions. SUNY Oswego is the top public employer and top overall employer in Oswego County with 1,756 workers.

    The top six educational institutions in Oswego County employ 5,991 workers. That compares to 6,152 a year ago, or a drop of 161 workers or nearly 3 percent.

    The three major public employers in the government sector in Oswego County have 1,594 workers, compared to 1,618 a year ago. The county of Oswego is ranked second among public employers with 1,150 workers.

    Total employment numbers for each business and organization in the guide include both part-and full-time workers.

    Onondaga County

    Speaking of “eds and meds,” the top-six employers in Onondaga County are either health or education related.

    Four of the top-six employers are health related and have shown significant job growth over the last year. SUNY Upstate Medical University tops the list with 9,337 workers, while St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Crouse Hospital and Loretto round out the top-six.

    These four healthcare institutions employ 18,713 workers, according to the 2014 Business Guide. That is an increase of 1,384 workers over the year-ago total of 17,329, or more than 7 percent. The increase is led by St. Joe’s, which added 800 jobs over the past 12 months.

    Syracuse University is the second-largest employer in Onondaga County (4,692) despite a 497-employee or 9 percent drop in employment.

    Wegmans is ranked third among the top employers in Onondaga County with 3,800 workers.