Niagara Gazette

February 3, 2014

IN BUSINESS: Jobless numbers hold steady; Michael Jarosz joins Lipsitz & Ponterio

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Unemployment increased slightly throughout Niagara County, where 8,000 residents were jobless in December, an increase of about 100 since November. But that’s better than in December 2012, when 10,200 were unemployed. The countywide unemployment rate increased to 7.3 percent from 7.1 percent in November, both lower than the 9.2 percent reported in December 2012.

For the entire Buffalo Niagara Falls region, the unemployment rate dipped to 6.5 percent in December. That is the lowest level for any month in the past five years for the region.

The December jobless rate was slightly less than the November rate, 6.6 percent, and was significantly lower than the 8.4 percent rate in December 2012. It was the lowest December jobless rate for the region since December 2007, when it was 5.5 percent. But 21,000 fewer people are employed now than in December 2007.

“The labor force is down a little, but that’s nothing to worry about,” said John Slenker, the Labor Department’s regional analyst. “We’re showing steady improvement ... . Not every sector is up, but you get that in any economy.”

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No changes for Spartech plant

PolyOne, the Ohio-based company that owns the former Spartech plant in the Town of Lockport’s IDA Park, isn’t planning on making any changes at the Lockport facility.

In a Jan. 7 release, PolyOne Corp. said it was “realigning” the Spartech locations the company bought in 2013. That movement includes closing an office in Washington, Pa., and moving that work to Seabrook, Texas. Twenty jobs were cut.

Also, the Lockport facility and the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant, also a former Spartech location, will now operate as part of PolyOne’s producer services unit, a business unit of PolyOne’s performance products and solutions division.

And as a result, no hires or layoffs are coming to the Lockport plant, PolyOne officials said.

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Jarosz joins Lipsitz & Ponterio

Michael J. Jarosz has joined Lipsitz & Ponterio as an associate attorney. He will focus his practice on representing individuals suffering from occupational diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. He will also represent children poisoned by the ingestion of lead-based paint and appear in workers’ compensation court on behalf of claimants.

Jarosz received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Mr. Jarosz was born and raised in Hamburg and is a 2006 graduate of St. Francis High School. He currently serves as a volunteer for Friends of the Night People. Mr. Jarosz is proficient in Spanish and holds a black belt in Isshin Ryu Karate.

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Consultant group to meet Pairings

Michael J. VonHeckler, chair of the IEEE Consultants Network WNY announced that starting on Feb. 10, the group will meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Pairings Restaurant, 5893 Main St, Williamsville.

This month’s guest speaker will be Courtney Close an audience development sales executive for Buffalo Business First. She will address topics including: How to profit from every issue; tools to help achieve sales goals and help to support networking efforts.  

The Consultants Network WNY IEEE is an informal gathering of Engineers networking with each other, business and industry to foster a strong economic climate for all.  

For more information on the Consultants Network WNY contact VonHeckler at 352-2750 or VonHeckler@aol.com.