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UR employment and impact continues to grow

The University of Rochester grew its total employment by 11 percent in the last two years, adding 2,844 jobs, a new report from the Center for Governmental Research Inc. states.

The university has moved up a notch on the list of the state’s largest private employers, tying for sixth with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., the report shows. UR has secured its place as the largest private employer in Upstate New York by being directly and indirectly responsible for some 56,000 jobs.

UR engaged CGR to conduct the study of its economic and fiscal impact during 2015.

UR President Joel Seligman said he is pleased the report highlights the priorities of the 2013-2018 strategic plan, which is to expand.

Total employment at the university and its affiliates, including part-time, full-time and time-as-reported employees, had grown to 28,617 by the end of 2015. The university itself has the equivalent of 21,936 full-time employees.

Approximately 1,000 of the 2,844 new employees have come from the acquisitions within the past year of Jones Memorial and Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial hospitals, UR officials said. There could be additional partnerships with hospitals to come as more facilities find it increasingly difficult to exist on their own, Seligman said.

UR ranked No. 1 on the RBJ 75 list of the region’s largest employers published in late April.

See Friday’s edition of the Rochester Business Journal for more on the complete story on the report and the growing impact of the UR.

© 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.

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