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Associate economist with the NYS Department of Labor, a SUNY Oswego grad, helps the media and the public understand trends in local labor, jobs By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Karen Knapik-Scalzo is the person most in the media seek when they’re writing stories about local unemployment, employment trends, salaries or other key labor-related statistics. She usually has what they need: accurate, precise information about the labor market and the local economy. Now Knapik-Scalzo, associate economist with the New York State Department of Labor Division of Research and Statistics in Syracuse, has a new number to acknowledge: 30 years on the job. The SUNY Oswego grad has always loved math, business, marketing and economics, which has made working with labor statistics her dream job. Knapik-Scalzo grew up in Scotia, in the Albany area. While in high school, she visited a variety of colleges across the state, including SUNY Oswego. “I fell in love with the SUNY Oswego campus,” she said. “I wanted a mid-sized school. SUNY Albany was huge. Oswego was a nice fit.” She double majored in business administration and economics. After graduation, she gained employment at a different state agency, the Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham. She