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Records show Broome and Tioga Counties experienced significant job loss

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(WBNG) -- According to the New York State Department of Labor November statistic, Broome and Tioga Counties have seen a big job loss in the past year.

The recent numbers show that between November 2016 and November 2017, 300 private sector jobs were lost in Broome and Tioga Counties combined.

This is a stark difference compared to the numbers for Tompkins County, which saw an increase in 1,500 private sector jobs.

Officials at the New York State Department of Labor said a big part of the issue in Broome and Tioga Counties is that manufacturing companies and local malls are dwindling.

"We're being hurt a little by manufacturing. We are seeing losses in that category if we take a look at our November estimates. We've seen some fall out because of retail," said NYS Department of Labor Market Analyst, Christian Harris.

The November statistics do not include the hundreds of jobs soon to be lost following the December announcement of the Sanmina manufacturing plant shutting down.

However, county officials said that with new businesses in the area willing to hire hundreds of people, the problem is not the number of jobs available. Instead, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar suggests it is due to a lack of attraction to the area.

"Right now, we have 2,800 open jobs here in Broome County. It's not having the workforce here to fill all those jobs," said Garnar.

Garnar said he and other county officials are currently working with Broome-Tioga Workforce and the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce to bring this issue to light and change the statistic for the future.

For more information, you can click here to visit the New York State Department of Labor's main page.

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