October 21, 2021

Coronavirus erases 2,900 Cortland jobs

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Cortland County lost 2,900 nonfarm jobs in April, compared with April 2019 as the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic landed full force on the greater Cortland job market.

The state Department of Labor reported Thursday evening that Cortland County had 16,700 non-farm jobs, down 14.8% from last year’s 19,600.

The largest loss — 1,500 jobs came in the leisure and hospitality sector as restaurants shut down or moved to take-out service only, and as hotels watched travelers stay home.

Education and health services lost 400 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities and other services each lost 300 jobs, and manufacturing lost 200 jobs. No job sector actually gained.

How quickly those jobs return remains a matter of speculation. As the first week of Phase 1 of the state’s reopening comes to an end, some employers who had been shut down reported a smooth transition to full operations, but others were more sporadic.

However, many of the businesses that could open in Phase 1 — manufacturing, wholesale trade, agriculture and retail that can offer curbside service never actually closed in Cortland County.

The largest losses, in restaurants and food service, generally won’t be allowed to reopen until Phase 3, the schedule for which has not yet been announced.

Still, the rest of the state largely fared worse. New York lost 1.9 million jobs — 19.4% year over year — the largest drop ever recorded, the Department of Labor reported.

The largest losses came in leisure and hospitality, 638,000 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, 357,30 jobs, and educational and health services, 227,200 jobs.

Metropolitan Syracuse lost 60,000 non-farm jobs, or 18.7%. Metropolitan Binghamton lost 14,600 jobs, or 14%, and metropolitan Ithaca lost 9,500 jobs, or 14.4%

Cayuga County lost 3,800 jobs, or 14.9% and Chenango County lost 2,100 jobs, or 11.9%.

All 15 metropolitan areas in New York lost jobs, eight of them, including Syracuse, lost more than 20% of their jobs, the state reported:

  • Orange-Rockland-Westchester: -24.6%.
  • Nassau-Suffolk: -24.5%.
  • Buffalo-Niagara Falls: -23.3%.
  • Syracuse: -22.0%.
  • New York City: -21.8%.
  • Rochester: -21.3%.
  • Utica-Rome: -20.9%.
  • Glens Falls: -20.8%.