The Rochester metropolitan area economy remained relatively flat in February, with no change in the unemployment rate or the number of non-farm jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.
The unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in February, unchanged from a year ago. The metro area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. The rate was down from 9.1 percent in January.
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 8.8 percent in February, compared with 9.1 percent in February 2012, and 9.3 percent in January. Some 843,600 people were unemployed statewide in February, compared with 896,400 in January and 873,000 a year ago.
The number of unemployed in Rochester in February was 45,500, down from 47,400 in January and 45,600 a year ago. Some 475,500 people had jobs here in February, up from 474,200 in January, but down from 477,700 a year ago.
Last week the Department of Labor reported a slight loss in the number of private-sector jobs in the Rochester area, while non-farm job growth remained flat. The area was one of two metro regions—including Elmira—statewide with private-sector job losses in February.
Area unemployment rates in February, not seasonally adjusted, were:
- Monroe County—8.3 percent, unchanged from a year ago, and down from 8.6 percent in January;
- Genesee County—9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent in February 2012, and 9.5 percent in January;
- Livingston County—10.1 percent up from 10 percent a year ago, though down from 10.3 percent in January;
- Ontario County—8.9 percent, compared with 9 percent a year ago and in January;
- Orleans County—11.2 percent, up from 10.9 percent in February 2012, but down from 12.3 percent in January; and
- Wayne County—10.2 percent, compared with 9.9 percent a year ago and 10.5 percent in January.
The jobless rate in Buffalo was 9.2 percent in February, unchanged from a year ago, while down from 9.6 percent in January. The unemployment rate in Syracuse was 9.4 percent in February, compared with 9.7 percent in January and 9.5 percent a year ago, not seasonally adjusted.
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