More stadium madness in Buffalo by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

The cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls continued to lose population between 2010 and 2013, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates, and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metro area created jobs at less than half the national rate in the past year, Labor Department data show.

But never fear: state and local pols are riding to Western New York’s rescue with a sure-thing ”catalyst of economic growth.”

It’s … a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

NY lags again in jobs report by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Year-to-year private sector job growth in New York trailed the national average once again in April, according to the latest monthly state Labor Department report. And on a month-to-month, seasonally adjusted basis, New York added almost no jobs in April, the report showed.

NY job growth trails nation again by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Job growth in the Empire State trailed the nation once again in March. New York’s 12-month increase in payroll jobs was 1.5 percent, compared to a 2 percent growth rate throughout the U.S, according to the state Department of Labor (DoL).

How competitive is NY? (cont’d…) by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York State’s relative economic performance wasn’t so hot in the recent past — but its outlook for the future is worse, according to the just-released 7th Annual Rich States, Poor States report, an economic competitiveness index produced by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

How competitive is New York? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

New York perennially lands at or near the bottom of state rankings based heavily on measures of government spending, taxes and regulatory burdens. However, taking account of other factors that play more to New York’s strengths, the Empire State’s ranking soared to 26th in the 13th Annual State Competitiveness Report...

Broken record for upstate economy by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Another month has brought another poor jobs growth report for upstate New York. Today’s Labor Department release shows statewide private employment in February was up 1.6 percent over the same month a year earlier, trailing the national rate of 1.9 percent — a slightly smaller margin than in previous months.