Greater Rochester, NY is one of the most productive regions in the country, ranking third in degrees per capita, according to the latest U.S. Department of Education reports. And approximately 62 percent of the regional population has at least some college education, several points ahead of the national average. Our workforce outperforms regions three times our size.
Our scientists and engineers are behind the technology powering a mission on Mars, a cancer-preventing vaccine, and powerful fuel cell technology. Maybe this is why The Brookings Institution ranked Rochester, NY among the nation's top cities for patent generation. Many other impressive rankings are listed here.
Productivity drivers, as identified by area employers, are:
- High quality labor
- High employee retention
- Low absenteeism
- Short commutes
|EMPLOYER RATINGS ON LABOR QUALITY | (1= POOR, 5 = EXCELLENT)
|Willingness to work overtime
|Productivity compared to that or company's other sites
An emphasis on education, plus an unusually large higher education sector, ensures a technically-sophisticated and reliable workforce. New companies can take advantage of the exceptional local talent while enjoying low labor, land and real estate costs. All of these factors combined with an exceptional quality of life gives the Greater Rochester, NY Region a location advantage over competing U.S. metro areas.
Did You Know?
New York is an Employment At Will state.
The Greater Rochester Region's private sector unionization rate is 6.2% (source: Union Membership, Coverage, Density and Employment 2014, Hirsch & Macpherson)