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Kodak's Rochester-area work force dips to 5K-plus

By Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Eastman Kodak Co. says its hometown work force has dipped to just over 5,000 employees, a decrease of 2,000 over the past two years.

The Rochester-based photography company tells the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that local job cuts by Kodak totaled about 780 in the past year, dropping total employment to 5,100. It employed 7,100 locally in 2010.

For decades Kodak was the Rochester area's largest employer, peaking at 60,000 local workers in the early 1980s. As the company's fortunes declined, so did its local employment numbers.

In 2005, the University of Rochester surpassed Kodak as Rochester's largest employer. Since then, Kodak's local employment total also has been topped by Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets, two hospital systems, Xerox and the city school district.

Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January.

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