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Region's unemployment rate improves in November

Rochester Business Journal
December 24, 2013

The unemployment rate in the Rochester region improved in November, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The jobless rate in Rochester was 6.3 percent last month, down from 7.4 percent a year ago and 6.7 percent in October. The metropolitan area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. Genesee County is considered a micropolitan area within the Rochester region.

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 has noted.

The number of unemployed in Rochester in November was 32,900, compared with 38,400 a year ago and 34,900 in October. Some 487,900 people were employed in the Rochester region last month, up from 482,500 a year ago and up from 487,800 in October.

Area unemployment rates in November, not seasonally adjusted, were:
•    Monroe County—6.3 percent down from 7.3 percent a year ago and 6.8 percent in October;
•    Genesee County—6.1 percent, down from 7.5 percent in November 2012, but unchanged from October;
•    Livingston County—6.4 percent, down from 7.2 percent a year ago and unchanged from October;
•    Ontario County—5.7 percent, down from 6.7 percent a year ago, but up from 5.6 percent in October;
•    Orleans County—8.5 percent, down from 10.2 percent in November 2012, but up from 8.4 percent in October; and
•    Wayne County—6.3 percent down from 7.7 percent a year ago but unchanged from October.

The jobless rate in Buffalo last month was 6.7 percent, compared with 7 percent in October and 7.8 percent a year ago. Syracuse’s unemployment rate in November was 6.7 percent, down from 7.8 percent a year ago and from 7 percent in October.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, compared with 7.5 percent in October and 7.9 percent a year ago. Some 665,900 people were unemployed in New York in November, up from 720,800 in October, but down from 752,500 in November 2012.

(c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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