Rochester, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Bob Avery was laid off from his 18-year job at Xerox a couple months ago.
"I had not expected it all. I knew there were some reductions coming, but I didn't expect to be directed impacted the way I was," Avery said.
According to the New York State Labor Department, Avery's was one of 4,700 jobs that disappeared in Rochester between February 2015 and February 2016. The most impacted fields were financial and busienss services, information, hospitality and leisure.
Daniella Conti lost her marketing job last year.
"At first I was angry, went through alot of different emotions, and then panic, how am I going to pay my bills? How am I going to pay rent and student loans that I'm still payng off?" she said.
The CEO of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce says the jobs data doesn't match what he's seeing at local companies. He notes state investments in Rochester firms will pay off down the road.
"The numbers may dip one month, but I'm thinking they're going to come back in March and April and I would say this time next year, there's going to be some telling figures when some of these investments begin to take hold," said Robert Duffy.
The state says its own data, based on samples, may have been faulty. Unemployment filings are down, raising questions about accuracy.
"The numbers came in a little bit scary ths month. The sample overstated a downward trend. I don't think it's something to be too concerned with," said John Slenker.
No one is arguing that the job market isn't challenging.
"I've just been hitting the ground running, applying for everything I can find. it's frustrating at times," said Conti.
"It's tough," said Avery. "There's not a whole lot out there."