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Rochester unemployment rate improves in October

Rochester Business Journal
November 26, 2013

The Rochester metro area economy rebounded in October, with an increase in jobs in the nonfarm and private sectors, as well as an improvement in the unemployment rate, the state Department of Labor reported.

The jobless rate in Rochester was 6.7 percent last month, down from 6.9 percent in September and 7.6 percent a year ago. The metropolitan area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. Genesee County is considered a micropolitan area within the Rochester region.

Data in the report are not seasonally adjusted. The most valid comparison with this type of data are year-to-year comparisons of the same month, the Labor Department has noted.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, compared with 7.4 percent in September and 8.1 percent a year ago. Some 721,800 people were unemployed in New York in October, up from 712,200 in September, but down from 781,300 in October 2012.

The number of unemployed in Rochester in October was 34,900, compared with 36,000 in September and 39,900 a year ago. Some 487,600 people were employed in the Rochester region last month, up from 483,700 in September and 484,700 a year ago.

Last week the Department of Labor reported Rochester gained 3,300 nonfarm jobs since October 2012, while the private sector gained 2,700 jobs, not seasonally adjusted. Rochester ranked seventh among upstate metro areas in terms of non-farm job growth percentage.

Area unemployment rates in October, not seasonally adjusted, were:

  • Monroe County—6.8 percent, down from 7.2 percent in September and 7.7 percent a year ago;
  • Genesee County—6.1 percent, up from 6 percent in September, but down from 7.2 percent in October 2012;
  • Livingston County—6.4 percent, compared with 6.3 percent in September and 7.1 percent a year ago;
  • Ontario County—5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent in September and 6.6 percent a year ago;
  • Orleans County—8.5 percent, up from 7.7 percent in September, but down from 10 percent in October 2012; and
  • Wayne County—6.3 percent, compared with 6.4 percent in September and 7.6 percent a year ago.


The jobless rate in Buffalo last month was 7 percent, compared with 7.2 percent in September and 7.9 percent a year ago. Syracuse’s unemployment rate in October also was 7 percent, down from 7.2 percent in September and 8 percent a year ago.

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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