Clinton Community College

January 2016

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning conducted a survey of local employers and asked if there were specific areas they foresee job growth likely in the next 5 years.

  • Assembly, Quality Assurance, Industrial Technician, Electrical Technician
  • Production operators
  • Welding, Fabrication, Engineering, Drafting
  • Fabrication personnel
  • Manufacturing

The Department of Labor – November 2015

DOL notes that when an industry cluster by Location Quotient exceeds 1.5 times what would be expected by the population level it can be helpful in projecting future employment growth areas.


Manufacturing and logistics occupations show strength. More specifically, these include: machining, operators, cargo/freight, and electrical assemblers.

Manufacturing Occupations in Clinton County with
<1.5 Location Quotient *
Title - Industry ClustersLocation Quotient
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders9.45
Rail Car Repairers7.09
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders6.22
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2.87
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2.83
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators1.99
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment1.73
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1.59
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders1.59
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1.58
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers1.54

Source: Jobs EQ, SUNY System Administration, November 2015

* What is a location quotient? A location quotient (LQ) is a measurement of concentration in comparison to the nation. An LQ of 1.00 indicates a region has the same concentration of an industry (or occupation) as the nation. An LQ of 2.00 would mean the region has twice the expected employment compared to the nation and an LQ of 0.50 would mean the region has half the expected employment in comparison to the nation.

  • Manufacturing
  • Public Administration
  • Educational Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Health care & Social Assistance
  • Trade, Transportation & Utilities
This was based on at least one of following factors:
  • Rate of growth
  • Absolute growth of employment
  • Higher than average wages
  • Projected growth
The North Country Region includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson Counties.
Industry NameJob CountNet Change in Jobs, 2009-2014% Change in Jobs, 2009-2014Average Annual Wage, 2014Projected % Change in Jobs, 2012-2022Why Industry is Significant**
Total, all industries (all ownerships)152,000149,700-2,300-1.5%$38,9005.5%NA
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing8001,10030037.5%$59,90021.6%G, P, W
General Merchandise Stores5,2005,100-100-1.9%$20,1009.7%J, P
Educational Services19,40018,600-800-4.1%$43,4003.1%J, W
Ambulatory Health Care Services5,6006,20060010.7%$49,20017.4%G, J, P, W
Hospitals8,8009,0002002.3%$56,5005.4%G, J, W
Food Services and Drinking Places10,30011,4001,10010.7%$14,5007.3%G, J, P
Public Administration21,00019,800-2,100-5.7%$53,300-4.1%J, W

NA - Not Applicable
* Represents both private and public sector jobs

G: Industry experienced above-average job growth; can be net or percentage growth
J: Industry employs a significant number of jobs (>5,000)
P: Above-average growth projected for 2012-2022
W: Industry pays above-average wages


April 2015 - A study commissioned by the New England Council points to one sector of the economy where there is great potential for job growth. The study, conducted by Deloitte Consulting LLP, explores prospects for growth and expansion within the region’s advanced-manufacturing sector. Perhaps one of the document’s most compelling findings is that there is still tremendous potential for growth in this lucrative field.

“In fact, with a renewed focus, about 8,000 new jobs with average salaries of $80,000 could be created in the region each year. This sector of New England’s economy is ready to roar, if only we unleash its potential. . . . Employers are actually struggling in some cases to fill high paying jobs, with an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 advanced-manufacturing positions in New England left unfilled at one recent point. Subsequently, vibrant industries that could help fuel our region’s economic resurgence are impeded from reaching their full potential.”

“Increasing Industry Partnerships and Apprenticeships:

Creating connections implemented and strongly reinforced between industry and educational institutions so that students are not only workforce ready, but new ideas from students permeate the industry, spurring innovation. . .”

New England Council and Deloitte Consulting LLP (April 2015). Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England’s Manufacturing Revolution