Jobs in Amherst, NY
- 184,371 Resumes
- 6,117 Jobs Available
- 124,837 Population
- $49,000 Average Salary
Amherst is a town in Erie County, a populous suburb of Buffalo. The proverbial college town, Amherst hosts campuses for the University of Buffalo, Medaille College, Bryant and Stratton College, and Daemen College.Aggressive economic development has created tens of thousands of new jobs. Since the 1980s, close to 80% of new jobs in the region came out of Amherst. The minds behind Amherst work to attract business and strengthen its workforce. What follows is a preliminary introduction to their efforts and how it ensures that you'll find work if you persevere.
In April 2015, Amherst's unemployment rate was 4.0%. This compared to Erie County's overall 5.3% at that time and the national average of 5.4%. At the end of 2015's first quarter, average wages were $885 a week versus the national's $1,048.Amherst works hard to manage a diversified economy with major industries at its foundation. These include financial services, life science research and services, automotive parts manufacturing, hi-tech and computer manufacturing, and education. Top occupations include food (cooks, servers, fast food), child care and educators, retail and sales, information clerks and receptionists.
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