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Rochester Business Journal
March 11, 2014

The Rochester metro area economy showed marked improvement in January, with an increase in jobs and a decline in unemployment since January 2013, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The jobless rate in Rochester was 7 percent in January, down from 8.7 percent a year ago. The rate in December was 6.1 percent. The metropolitan area includes Monroe, Livingston, 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-over-year comparisons of the same month, the Labor Department has noted.

The number of unemployed in Rochester in January was 35,800, compared with 45,500 in January 2013 and with 31,500 in December. Some 478,900 people were employed here in January, down from 479,100 a year ago and 484,300 in December.

Last week the Department of Labor reported Rochester gained 1,600 non-farm jobs and 1,900 private-sector jobs since January 2013, not seasonally adjusted. Rochester ranked fourth among upstate metro areas in terms of non-farm job growth percentage in January.

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

  • Monroe County—6.6 percent down from 8.2 percent a year ago and up from 6 percent in December;
  • Genesee County—7.3 percent, down from 9.1 percent in January 2013, but up from 6.1 percent in December;
  • Livingston County—7.9 percent, compared with 9.9 percent a year ago and 6.4 percent in December;
  • Ontario County—6.9 percent, compared with 8.6 percent in January 2013 and 5.8 percent in December;
  • Orleans County—9.7 percent down from 11.8 percent a year ago, but from 8.3 percent in December; and
  • Wayne County—7.8 percent, compared with 10 percent in January 2013 and 6.5 percent in December.


The jobless rate in Buffalo in January was 7.4 percent down from 9.2 percent in January 2013. The Syracuse area unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in January, down from 9.3 percent in January 2013.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 7.3 percent, compared with 6.6 percent in December and 9.1 percent in January 2013. Some 700,800 people were unemployed in New York in January, up from 628,700 in December, but down from 872,000 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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