A report from the Brookings Institution on advanced industry has scary and encouraging news for Rochester.
Brookings defines advanced industry as 50 industries within manufacturing, energy and services. These include areospace products and parts, motor vehicles, data processing and architecture and engineering. Brookings finds these sectors extremely important because workers earn much more money and contribute far more to gross domestic product than other workers.
Here’s the scary part. In 1980, Rochester had 113,250 advanced industry jobs, ranking Rochester 18th in the United States. In 2013, we had 47,730, ranking Rochester 45th in the country. That’s an astounding decline, the third worst for any city in the entire country. Much of this, of course, can be blamed on the fall of Eastman Kodak.
But here’s the silver lining. Rochester still has more advanced industry jobs than any Upstate city. These jobs make up a larger share of all jobs than any Upstate city. What’s more, Rochester ranks in the top 15 cities in terms of the percentage of STEM graduates.
This data shows we’ve not only weathered the storm (which may not be over), we’ve managed to keep a major asset intact: A skilled workforce with access to high tech jobs.
Let’s build on that.
Links of the Day:
– Heroin deaths jumped last year in the Rochester area. Most victims were white men.
– Buffalo does a bad job solving homicides, compared to Rochester.
– I have no problem showing the mug shot of an accused murderer, but I think there are great questions raised here about people accused of lesser crimes.
– Fewer college grads are signing up for Teach for America.