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 63 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, it's no wonder our region thrives in attracting talent.
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.
The Greater Rochester, NY region ranks 10th among Small Tech Talent Markets across the U.S. and Canada for recent growth in millennial population. (source: CBRE, 2016)
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
Source: Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Annual Turnover &Absenteeism Survey, March 2017
An emphasis on education, plus an unusually large higher education sector, ensures a technically-sophisticated and reliable workforce as well as top-tier talent attraction. New companies can take advantage of 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.
Greater Rochester’s private sector unionization rate is 5.7%