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Area's unemployment drops in April to 5.5%

Rochester Business Journal
May 20, 2014

Rochester’s economy showed striking improvement in April, with a marked decrease in the unemployment rate and increases in both non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The jobless rate in the Rochester metro area was 5.5 percent, down from 7.1 percent in April 2013. 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 6.1 percent last month, compared with 7.4 percent in April 2013. Some 584,700 people were unemployed here in April, down from 706,800 a year ago.

The number of unemployed in the Rochester area in April was 28,100, down from 36,800 in April 2013. Some 483,700 people were employed here last month, down from 484,600 a year ago.

Last week the department reported Rochester gained 1,700 non-farm jobs and 2,000 private-sector jobs since April 2013. The region ranked fifth among upstate metro areas in terms of non-farm job growth percentage.

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

•    Monroe County—5.3 percent, down from 6.8 percent a year ago;
•    Genesee County—5.4 percent, compared with 6.9 percent in April 2013;
•    Livingston County—5.7 percent, compared with 7.7 percent a year ago;
•    Ontario County—5.5 percent, down from 7 percent a year ago;
•    Orleans County—7.4 percent, down from 9 percent in April 2013; and
•    Wayne County—6.2 percent, compared with 8 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate in Buffalo last month fell to 5.8 percent from 7.5 percent in April 2013, while the unemployment rate in Syracuse was 5.8 percent, down from 7.5 percent a year ago.

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