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Metro area keeps losing jobs

The Rochester-area economy continued its descent in January with an increase in the unemployment rate and a drop in private-sector and non-farm jobs. The unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in January from 8 percent in December and 7.8 percent ...

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Sales put Lexus at top among pricey vehicles

Rochester-area drivers returned to the Lexus RX series as their near-luxury vehicle of choice last year, unseating 2008 favorite GMC. Ranked by the number of new vehicles registered in Monroe County in 2009, the Lexus RX 350 outpaced the GMC ...

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Manpower poll finds hiring outlook up among area businesses

The hiring outlook among Rochester-area businesses is expected to improve slightly in the coming quarter, a Manpower Inc. poll of employer work force plans shows. Some 16 percent of businesses interviewed expect to increase their staff in the second quarter.

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Online help-wanted listings jump

Rochester’s online help-wanted advertising improved in February, bucking both the regional and national trend, the Conference Board Inc. reported.

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Torvec CEO to depart firm March 14

Torvec Inc. co-founder, CEO and interim chief financial officer James Gleasman will retire March 14, the company announced Friday.

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Upstate consumer confidence drops month-over-month

Overall confidence among upstate consumers declined from January to February, following regional and national trends, a monthly survey by the Siena Research Institute shows.

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Leader puts firm’s focus on the future

He may not be psychic, but John Place has an uncanny ability to see where the commercial printing industry is headed and steer his company in the right direction. While the rest of the industry takes its recessionary lumps, Mercury ...

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New, used car sales decline in January

Sales of new and used vehicles in Monroe County stalled last month, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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Making sure the rubber hits the road

As third-generation business leaders, brothers Timothy and Jon Shay have spent countless hours dispelling the negativity that sometimes surrounds their product and building a positive reputation for their company. "The picture of a retread shop to most people is just ...

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