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Rochester region adds jobs in May

Rochester Business Journal
June 19, 2014

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

From May 2013 to May 2014 Rochester’s non-farm job count increased by 3,400, or 0.7 percent, while the private sector gained 3,900 jobs, or 0.9 percent. Non-farm jobs include both private sector and government jobs.

The Rochester metro area ranked third in terms of private-sector job growth percentage last month. The metropolitan area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. Genesee County is not included because it is considered a micropolitan area.

The Buffalo area gained 3,600 non-farm jobs, or 0.7 percent, last month, while its private sector gained 3,000 jobs, or 0.7 percent. The Syracuse area lost 2,700 non-farm jobs, or 0.9 percent, while the private sector lost 2,500 jobs, or 1 percent.

In the 52-county Upstate New York region, non-farm job growth was 5,800, or 0.2 percent, while the private sector added 11,000 jobs, or 0.4 percent, since May 2013. From May 2013 to May 2014 the state added 100,700 non-farm jobs and 106,500 private sector jobs, not seasonally adjusted.

Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same months—for example, May 2013 versus May 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 May was 6.7 percent, unchanged from April and the lowest level since December 2008. Between April and May, the total number of unemployed in New York fell from 642,700 to 641,700.

The educational and health services sector continued to lead the industries with job gains in May, adding 36,300 since May 2013. The manufacturing sector had the steepest losses at 7,700 since May 2013.

Local employment rates are slated to be released next week.

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