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Metro Rochester again ranks No. 1 statewide for job growth

Rochester Business Journal
August 18, 2011

The Rochester metropolitan area continued to add jobs last month, again ranking No. 1 among the state’s metro areas in terms of non-farm and private-sector job growth, the state Department of Labor said Thursday.

Over the last year Rochester has gained 11,200 private-sector jobs, or 2.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted. The Albany area ranked second in terms of private-sector job growth, having gained 6,900 jobs, or 2.1 percent.

Non-farm jobs in the Rochester area increased by 10,500, or 2.1 percent, last month. The metro area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties.

The increase brought the number of non-farm jobs in Rochester to 509,200, up from 498,700 in July 2010.

The Buffalo-area economy also showed gains in the non-farm and private-sector categories. Some 9,900 non-farm jobs, or 1.9 percent, were added since July 2010, while the private sector gained 8,000 jobs, or 1.8 percent.

The Syracuse area added 2,900 non-farm jobs, or 0.9 percent, while private-sector job growth was 1,600, or 0.6 percent.

Among the 52 counties in Upstate New York, non-farm jobs increased by 24,300, or 0.8 percent, while the private sector expanded by by 31,300, or 1.3 percent.

The non-farm job count tracks all jobs in the private and public sectors, but does not count the self-employed or workers on farms.

Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same month, for example, July 2010 versus July 2011, the Department of Labor noted. When comparing different months, seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid comparison.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 8 percent, unchanged from June, but down from 8.5 percent in July 2010. Some 756,600 people were unemployed in New York last month, compared with 759,900 in June.

Local employment rates are slated to be released next week.

The state gained 114,200 non-farm jobs since July 2010, not seasonally adjusted, while the private sector gained 127,000 jobs.

The educational and health services sector posted the largest gains from July 2010 to July 2011, adding 42,500 jobs. The greatest losses were in the government, concentrated primarily at the federal level due to the loss of temporary Census positions.

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