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Region's unemployment rate drops in February

Rochester Business Journal
April 1, 2014

The Rochester economy showed marked improvement in February, with a significant drop in unemployment and a modest increase in non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The jobless rate in the Rochester metro area was 7.2 percent in February, down from 8.3 percent a year ago. The metropolitan area includes Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. Genesee County is considered a micropolitan area with 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 7.7 percent, down from 8.6 percent in February 2013. Some 737,900 people were unemployed statewide in February, compared with 828,500 a year ago.

The number of unemployed in Rochester in February was 37,100, compared with 43,700 in February 2013. Some 479,600 people were employed here in February, down from 481,300 a year ago.

Last week the Department of Labor reported Rochester gained 1,200 non-farm jobs and 1,600 private-sector jobs from February 2013 to February 2014. Rochester ranked fourth among upstate metro areas in terms of non-farm job growth percentage last month.

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

  • Monroe County—6.8 percent, down from 7.9 percent in February 2013;
  • Genesee County—7.5 percent, compared with 8.6 percent a year ago;
  • Livingston County—8.1 percent, down from 9.7 percent a year ago;
  • Ontario County—7.4 percent, compared with 8.5 percent in February 2014;
  • Orleans County—10.2 percent, compared with 10.6 percent a year ago; and
  • Wayne County—8.2 percent, compared with 9.8 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate in Buffalo in February was 7.6 percent, down from 8.8 percent a year ago. The Syracuse area unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, compared with 8.9 percent in February 2013.

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