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Area economy ends 2019 looking bright (access required)

  The Rochester economy ended 2019 on a high note. Private sector employment hit an all-time high of 466,600 jobs in December, representing a 6,500 or 1.4 percent increase from year-ago levels.    The local unemployment rate, adjusted for seasonal variation, was 4.4 percent—among the lowest readings in two decades. Average weekly earnings for private sector workers were 2.4 ...

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