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Rochester Business Journal
November 20, 2012

The jobless rate in Rochester again increased in October, despite an improvement in the number of private-sector and non-farm jobs, the State Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in October, down slightly from 7.9 percent in September, but up from 7.2 percent a year ago. The metro area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties.

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 noted.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent last month, compared with 8.2 percent in September and 8 percent a year ago. Some 797,600 people were unemployed in New York State last month, up from 782,800 in September and 762,200 in October 2011.

The number of unemployed in Rochester in October was 41,200, compared with 41,800 in September and 37,400 a year ago. Some 489,600 people were employed here last month, up from 485,100 in September and 484,100 a year ago.

Last week the Department of Labor reported an increase in the number of non-farm and private-sector jobs in Rochester. The area ranked fifth among upstate regions last month in terms of percentage of non-farm and private-sector job growth.

Area unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, were:

  • Monroe County—7.8 percent, down from 8.1 percent in September, but up from 7.4 percent a year ago;
  • Genesee County—7.2 percent, compared with 7.1 percent in September and 7.1 a year ago;
  • Livingston County—7.1 percent, unchanged from September, but up from 6.6 percent in October 2011;
  • Ontario County—6.8 percent, compared with 6.7 percent in September and 6.5 percent a year ago;
  • Orleans County—10.2 percent, up from 9.9 the previous month and 7.8 percent in October 2011; and
  • Wayne County—7.7 percent, compared with 7.8 percent in September and 6.7 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate in Buffalo was 8.2 percent last month, up from 7.4 percent a year ago. The Syracuse area unemployment rate also was 8.2 percent, compared with 7.7 percent a year ago.

(c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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