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Jobless rate in Rochester declines to 4.7 percent

The unemployment rate in Rochester declined from 5.3 percent in April 2015 to 4.7 percent a year later—a decrease of some 3,314 unemployed workers—according to the latest Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment report released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor ...

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Yankees legend Mariano Rivera always saved his best for last

There is a Rochester connection with Mariano Rivera that predates Tuesday night’s appearance at the Press Radio-Club Day of Champions dinner by two decades. And it involves the Red Wings, who unwittingly played a role in a seminal moment in ...

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Prices rise 1.1 percent for urban consumers

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 1.1 percent nationwide from April 2015 to April 2016, according to the May 17 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The percent change in three of four of the ...

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Xerox transition Xerox Corp. Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns will serve as chairman of the document technology company, but not its CEO, following the completion of the separation of Xerox into two independently public companies, the Xerox board of directors ...

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Non-Profit Report: The American Diabetes Association

Non-Profit Report: The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds ...

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Millennials stress community engagement, want flexibility at work

The spring and summer months typically bring about change—both simple and profound. High school and college graduates are entering a new phase of their lives, gardens are being planted and flowers are blooming, there are parties, showers, weddings—overall, a general ...

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Fast Start: Know your city

Curious about downtown history and architecture? Cynthia Howk, a local history expert and staff member at the Landmark Society of Western New York, leads lunchtime walks through downtown neighborhoods in the summer. Architecture for Lunch tours are free—and just 25 ...

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Fast Start: Digital rebel’s pursuit takes flight

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There are many ways to relay a message in today’s world. A local entrepreneur has created a personal way to communicate that stands in stark contrast to more typical digital options available. Michelle Roberts, 31, has created Messenger Birds for ...

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Manufacturing decline takes toll on middle class locally

Perhaps the dominant theme in this year’s presidential election is the declining size of the U.S. middle class. According to a Pew Research Center study released this month, the share of American adults in middle-income households—defined as those making between ...

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Partners cannot be employees, although many will try

Can a partner also be an employee?  This question is extremely important for partnerships, including LLCs, that grant equity interests to key employees, as it determines how payroll is handled and eligibility for certain benefit plans. Unfortunately, the IRS takes ...

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How long will Rochester continue to defeat itself?

We can do better. I read with great interest earlier this month news reports on a study that identifies Rochester as having the slowest growing economy in the United States. While studies like this often don’t illustrate the entire picture, ...

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What the Affordable Care Act has wrought and change to come

The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, celebrated its six-year anniversary on March 23. While it has been a point of controversy since President Obama signed it into law, whitehouse.gov states that more than 90 percent of Americans now have access to ...

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New fiduciary standard cultivates consumer confusion

What do a rutabaga and a turnip have in common with your investments? Quite a lot, as it turns out. For the past hundred years or so, as agricultural science progressed and found new ways to grow food more efficiently ...

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