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Syracuse metropolitan area sees the highest level of employment on record, according to the NYS Labor Department By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant Looking for a job? New York companies are hiring. Karen Knapik-Scalzo, associate economist with the New York State Department of Labor Division of Research and Statistics in Syracuse, reports that the labor market in the Syracuse metropolitan region “remains robust.” She said that for the 12-month period ending October 2019, the number of nonfarm jobs in the Syracuse metro area — which consists of three counties, Onondaga, Oswego and Madison —increased by 5,200, or 1.6%, to 331,000, “its highest level on record,” Knapik-Scalzo said. Plus, the Syracuse area had an unemployment rate of 3.9% in October, one the lowest Octobers on record. Knapik-Scalzo foresees many job opportunities in a variety of industries for people entering the workforce as baby boomers age out of it. These industries include construction, manufacturing and agriculture. The Bureau of Labor Market Information Division of Research and Statistics foresees “strong growth” for agriculture through 2026, thanks to expansion of animal production, aquaculture and demand for dairy, hard cider and craft beer. Growth in the construction skilled trades is also projected to continue through 2026, according