A bumper crop of woes

For the region’s farmers, the coronavirus pandemic has caused customers to disappear, disrupted supply networks and brought the risk of infected workers.

County executives are upbeat on reopening

In a web conference presented by the Rochester Beacon and Upstate Venture Connect, Monroe County’s Adam Bello and his peers from Onondaga and Oneida counties expressed cautious optimism on the region’s economic prospects as the pandemic threat recedes.

Initial unemployment claims drop

In the week ended May 30, filings in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region fell to the lowest level since the pandemic shutdown began.

Reopening alone might not bring recovery

A new paper co-written by a UR professor contends it’s unlikely the pandemic’s economic damage can be reversed simply by lifting stay-at-home orders.

Business goes remote

The pandemic lockdown has forced an unprecedented shift to working from home. For many businesses, the transition has been swift and unexpectedly smooth.

The regional jobless surge ebbs

New filings in the latest report were sharply lower than each of the previous three weeks—but still more than 1,000 percent higher than a year ago.