The Syracuse Metropolitan Area gained more than 3,500 private sector jobs in 2017. But there are some weak spots in the local economy.
Karen Knapik-Scalzo, an associate economist with the New York State Department of Labor in Syracuse, said the region’s 1.4 percent growth rate is a little below the national growth rate, which is normal for the area.
“For Syracuse that is a decent growth rate," Knapik-Scalzo said. "We’re close to where we were in terms of our total number of jobs prior to the last recession. We’ve made progress in terms of improving our economy.”