The state Labor Department said Thursday that the Rochester metropolitan area economy remained relatively stable in February, with the region seeing a slight loss in private-sector jobs and flat non-farm job growth.
Over the last year, Rochester has added 200 non-farm jobs, while the private sector lost 500 jobs, or 0.1 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Rochester was one of just two metro regions in the state with private-sector job losses this past month. Elmira saw a 1.2 percent loss.
Since February 2012, the number of private sector jobs in New York increased by 81,500, or 1.1 percent. Comparatively, the nation’s private sector job count increased by 1.9 percent.
In the 52-county Upstate region, the private sector job count grew by 0.6 percent over the past year, officials said.
The Department of Labor upwardly revised the final January 2013 private sector job count for New York; it was revised to 7,418,500, an all-time high.
“With the final January and preliminary February job numbers, New York remains one of only seven states in the nation to have recovered all of the private sector jobs lost since the last recession,” said Bohdan Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics.
Statewide, the unemployment rate was 8.4 percent, unchanged from January and down slightly from 8.5 percent a year ago. Some 807,200 were unemployed in New York last month, up from 805,300 in January 2013.
Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.
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