SYRACUSE, N.Y (WSYR-TV) — New reports are showing growth in key areas for the City of Syracuse.

Population and private sector jobs are growing at the same time credit rating agencies are looking more favorably on City government.

“Some people are excited, some people are surprised,” Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh tells NewsChannel 9.

U.S. Census Bureau estimates show Syracuse was the only major city in New York State to gain population in 2017-2018.

While the other major cities, like Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, and New York City, saw modest population declines, Syracuse experienced a .32 percent rise in population between 2017 and 2018. During the same period, the City also experienced the highest population gain of any municipality in Onondaga County.

Walsh says, “It’s a step

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