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Rochester area sees job gains in February

Rochester Business Journal
March 27, 2014

The Rochester area economy showed modest improvement in February, with a gain in both private-sector and non-farm jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

From February 2013 to February 2014 the Rochester metro area gained 1,200 non-farm jobs, or 0.2 percent, while the private sector added 1,600 jobs, or 0.4 percent. Non-farm jobs include both private sector and government jobs.

Rochester ranked fourth among upstate metro areas in terms of non-farm job growth percentage last month. The metropolitan area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. Genesee County is considered a micropolitan area.

The Buffalo area added 4,800 non-farm jobs, or 0.9 percent, and the private sector gained 4,800 jobs, or 1.1 percent. The Syracuse area economy was flat, with a 100-job loss in the non-farm sector and no change in the private sector.

In the 52-county Upstate New York region, non-farm job growth was 8,000, or 0.3 percent, while the private sector added 13,300 jobs, or 0.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same month, for example, February 2013 versus February 2014, the Department of Labor has noted. When comparing different months, seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid comparison.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in New York in February was 6.8 percent, unchanged from February, but down from 8 percent a year ago. The state’s unemployment rate remains at a five-year low.

From January to February, the state added 17,100 non-farm jobs, while the private sector gained 12,800 jobs, seasonally adjusted. The job gain raised the state’s private sector job count to 7.54 million, an all-time high.

The educational and health services sector continued to top the list of sectors with job gains, having added 40,800 since February 2013. The government continued to bleed jobs, losing 5,100 since February 2013, primarily at the federal level.

Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.

(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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