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Rochester region sees job growth in March

Rochester Business Journal
April 17, 2014

The Rochester economy showed improvement in March, with an increase in both non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

From March 2013 to March 2014 the Rochester metro area gained 2,200 non-farm jobs, or 0.4 percent, while the private sector added 2,900 jobs, or 0.7 percent. Non-farm jobs include both private sector and government jobs.

Rochester again 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 3,200 non-farm jobs, or 0.6 percent, while the private sector gained 3,100 jobs, or 0.7 percent. The Syracuse economy did not fare as well, having lost 1,500 non-farm jobs, or 0.5 percent, since March 2013. The Syracuse area private sector job count fell by 1,200, or 0.5 percent.

In the 52-county upstate New York region, non-farm job growth was 6,000 in March, or 0.2 percent, while the private sector added 12,100 jobs, or 0.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From February to March the state added 192,000 non-farm and private sector jobs, seasonally adjusted. The state’s private sector job count stands at 7.54 million.

Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same month, for example, March 2013 versus March 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 March was 6.9 percent, compared with 6.8 percent in February and 7.9 percent a year ago.

The educational and health services sector continued to top the list of sectors with jobs gains, adding 41,200 jobs since March 2013. The manufacturing sector led the industries in jobs losses last month, having bled 5,200 jobs in the durable goods and nondurable goods sectors.

Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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