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State reports Rochester region adds jobs in July

Rochester Business Journal
August 14, 2014

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

From July 2013 to July 2014, Rochester’s non-farm job count increased by 5,500, or 1.1 percent, while the private sector gained 5,700 jobs, or 1.3 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Non-farm jobs include both private sector and government jobs.

The Rochester metro area ranked sixth among upstate areas in terms of percentage of private-sector jobs added. The metropolitan area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. Genesee County is considered a micropolitan area.

The Buffalo area added 6,600 non-farm jobs in July, or 1.2 percent, while the private sector gained 6,700 jobs, or 1.5 percent. Syracuse lost 3,300 non-farm jobs, or -1.1 percent, while the private sector lost 3,100 jobs, or -1.2 percent.

In the 52-county upstate New York region, non-farm job growth was 17,900 in July, while the private sector added 22,400 jobs. From July 2013 to July 2014, the state added 134,400 non-farm jobs, while the private sector added 140,600 jobs, not seasonally adjusted.

Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same months, for example, July 2013 versus July 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 July was 6.6 percent, unchanged from June, but down from 7.7 percent a year ago.

The educational and health services sector continued to lead the industries with job gains in July, adding 53,400 since July 2013. The manufacturing sector again showed the larges losses, having bled 9,200 jobs since July 2013.

Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.

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