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Union's hometown ranked fourth nationally for jobs


General Electric in downtown Schenectady
General Electric in downtown Schenectady

Union now has one more reason to be proud of its location. 

In Forbes' annual list of "Best Cities for Jobs," released Tuesday, the Albany-Schenectady area was ranked fourth out of the country's 100 largest metro areas due to its thriving technology sector. Cities were ranked by a variety of statistics including unemployment rate, household income and projected job growth.

Schenectady was specifically highlighted for the rapid growth of General Electric's alternative energy division and its upcoming new battery factory, but also for its relatively high median household income ($59,000 vs. the national average of $51,914). 

Union has always had a close relationship with General Electric, and in recent years has expanded its relationship with other Tech Valley employers. The rate of job growth in the region and its emerging role as a leader in the technology landscape is yet another sign of the area's revitalization, translating to opportunities for Union students.

In addition to Albany-Schenectady, other cities in the top four were Washington, D.C.; Des Moines, Iowa; and the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh area, also in upstate New York.

Click here to read the Forbes article. 

The Forbes list was also covered by the Times-Union; click here to view.