It's no surprise that Rochester's manufacturing sector is a shadow of its former self. The companies that once defined the Flower City, and led to its status as one of the first "boomtowns," have faced rapid downsizing and exodus from the city. Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb no longer serve as the economic backbone they once did. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Rochester's employment in the manufacturing supersector has been on steady decline.
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