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Genesee County’s unemployment has jumped a full percentage point.
The January jobless rate in Genesee County stood at 9.1 percent, a full one-percent increase over December.
In Orleans County, the increase was even more dramatic.
The January jobless rate for Orleans County was 11.1 percent, up from 9.4 in December.

No help for Rochester’s unemployment rate. Bird’s Eye Foods has announced it is closing its last Rochester plant and moving to New Jersey.
Layoffs will begin May 31st and continue through the end of the year. 200 people will lose their jobs.

Genesee County hopes to create some new jobs once a new medical technology development firm is up and running in the town of Batavia. First Wave Technologies is in line for a half-million dollar state grant to set up shop in the new Med Tech Center being built across the street from GCC.
The company estimates that 33 new jobs will be created at it’s Batavia location.

A Batavia woman wanted by the FBI following raids on two Buffalo area strip clubs has been taken into custody.
25-year old Cynthia Sims of Batavia was arraigned yesterday.
She is facing charges consistent with 25 other suspects rounded up on Tuesday and charged with trafficking in heroin and cocaine at the so-called gentlemen’s clubs.

Misdemeanor drug charges have been placed against 39-year old Tammy Cicatello of Pickthorn Drive, Batavia.
Police say they spotted Tammy allegedly buying drugs in the parking lot of a Batavia business. When they stopped her, police say they found two bags of cocaine in Cicatello’s car. She was given a court appearance ticket.

Governor David Paterson plans to meet with his staff today in Manhattan. The governor will reportedly give a pep talk to cabinet members following another registration from his inner circle.  The governor's communications director Peter Kauffmann became the third administration officials to leave his post since the scandal broke last week. 

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