Employment Opportunities in All Sectors

For people seeking employment opportunities, the county boasts a low unemployment rate with living wage jobs available for every skill level. While manufacturing, tourism, and agriculture are the county’s primary industries, there’s also opportunities in healthcare, assisted living, and education, and a growing number of people are moving to the area and working remotely or starting their own enterprise.

About Our Labor Force

From the early furniture manufacturers in the City of Jamestown to the storied history of building train engines at the Brooks Locomotive Works in Dunkirk, manufacturing has been one of the key industries in Chautauqua County for the past two centuries, and that legacy continues to this very day with places like Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant, Nestle-Purina, SKF, and many more.

In addition to manufacturing, agriculture and tourism also have a strong footing in our county, along with a variety of other job sectors including warehousing, food processing, wine and craft beverages, healthcare, assisted living, the arts, and education, plus many more.

A growing number of people are also taking advantage of Chautauqua County’s relatively low cost of living and moving to the area while working remotely, or even starting their own enterprise.

Needless to say, there’s no shortage of work opportunities in Chautauqua County.

Employment Opportunities

Chautauqua Works pulls all resources in the community into a systematic approach to help employers become competitive in a global economy and help individuals attain life skills necessary for employment in family-sustaining jobs. Job seekers use Chautauqua Works to upgrade their skills and obtain employment. Employers use Chautauqua Works to fill positions. It’s a win-win!

Chautauqua Works is also home to the Workforce Development Board (WDB), a local board appointed by the County Executive to transform a historically fragmented assortment of employment and training programs into a comprehensive, aligned and universal system. The goal is to reposition federal job training as a business-led, market-driven system to improve workforce quality.

Jamestown: (716) 661-9553
Dunkirk: (716) 366-9015

Workforce Readiness

Want to explore job opportunities outside of your comfort zone, but lack the required skill set necessary to move forward? No problem! Chautauqua County has programs in place that provide customized training and education resources designed specifically with and for business and industry.

Workforce Development Board

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a local board appointed by the County Executive to transform a historically fragmented assortment of employment and training programs into a comprehensive, aligned and universal system. The goal is to reposition federal job training as a business-led, market-driven system to improve workforce quality.

JCC Workforce Readiness

The Jamestown Community College Workforce Readiness program works with employment sector employers and workforce and economic development agencies to meet the current and future workforce needs in the Southern Tier.

Dream It Do It Western New York

The Dream It Do It Western New York program was created to educate the next generation workforce about careers in Advanced Manufacturing and seeks to provide manufacturers in Chautauqua County and elsewhere with the employees that have the skill and training required to fill exciting career opportunities in manufacturing.

Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)

The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), is a public education collaborative in New York State that functions as an extension of local school districts. BOCES is able to provide services that school districts may be too small to offer on their own or that would be more economical to offer collaboratively, sharing costs with other school districts.

Small Business Development Center

Looking for resources to start your own small business? Consider the Small Business Development Center.  The SBDC delivers high quality business counseling and training to clients looking to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business. Services are free and confidential.

Professional Networking

Professional networking can assist your career development by providing access to job opportunities, career advice, and resources. Building a strong network of industry professionals can also contribute to your career progression, personal growth, and long-term success.

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is a critical partner in achieving consistent economic growth, resiliency, and prosperity to increase the collective opportunity for local businesses and organizations in Chautauqua County. The mission is to build vital connections, provide professional resources, and champion our local businesses in Chautauqua County.

Northern Chautauqua Young Professionals

The mission of Northern Chautauqua Young Professionals (NCYP) is to network and advocate for young professionals promoting awareness of local opportunities and entrepreneurship endeavors. They strategically engage in social and civic practices enhancing the overall quality of life for young professionals and, by extension, our communities.

Chautauqua Leadership Network

Chautauqua Leadership Network is a non-profit that provides leadership development and diverse connections to help you strengthen our communities. The network of accomplished leaders serve to bridge the pillars of business, education, non-profit, and government to enrich the quality of life in Chautauqua County.

Jamestown Young Professionals

Jamestown Young Professionals is dedicated to providing opportunities for young professionals to connect, grow personally and professionally, give back to the community, and enjoy life in the Jamestown area.

Women in Networking

Women in Networking is a program for any female working in the business sector. Women meet at a monthly luncheon to exchange ideas, and experiences, and address challenging issues. Each person briefly shares their latest business news and then participates in a learning opportunity with a presentation on a topic of interest.

Get Involved

Learn more about opportunities to connect with people in our community.

Resident Ambassador Program

Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth (CCPEG) is working to create a resident ambassador program. The CCPEG Ambassador Program aligns an ambassador with interviewees and new hires of local businesses. The ambassador connects with the client and welcomes them to the community. The ambassador communicates the quality of life in the area and aligns the client with a local network of people, resources, events, and activities.

The service is presented to businesses who are interviewing candidates from outside the area for positions in the community. The service is provided to businesses who have new hires whom they want to retain.