Local

Ithaca adds 1,500 jobs between June and July 2013

Between June and July of 2013, New York State’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.5%, remaining at its lowest level since February of 2009.

Figures released by the State Department of Labor show in areas outside of New York City, the unemployment rate fell from 6.9% to 6.8%.

The Ithaca area has added nearly 1,500 jobs since July of 2012, a 2.4% increase.

President of the Tompkins County Chamber Jean McPheeters credits grants for job training programs in spurring an increase in hiring state-wide and locally.

“The economic indicators look like real GDP is going to advance at a faster pace in the second half of the year,” Mcpheeters said. “I found that heartening.”

McPheeters believes the recent jobs numbers could spell a turning point in the economic recovery.

More Local Headlines

in Local

Cornell event looks to improve community relations

Residents were given information and resources encouraging students and residents to build better neighborhoods.

in Local

Deputies find one-pot meth lab on side of Cortlandville road

Crime 3

Deputies were called to scene after bike rider noticed suspicious bottle Thursday afternoon

in Local

Police: Man hit speeds above 100 mph during highway chase

crime2

Police pursuit happened Wednesday on I-81 in Cortland County

in Local

Ithaca police union publishes scathing response to mayor’s police reforms

IPD Car

The president of the Ithaca police union says Mayor Svante Myrick has “cut the department to the point of catastrophe.”

in Local

Commons rebuild picking up the pace

Crews began demolition of the Commons in April 2013. The third and final phase of the project will start in the spring/Photo by Pete Blanchard

Fall is on the way and so is the end of construction season, which means time is running out to complete the Ithaca Commons rebuild.