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The Rochester-area economy faltered in December as, for the first time this year, the unemployment rate rose while the region lost both non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.
The unemployment rate was 8 percent last month, up from 7.4 percent in November and 7.5 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 8.2 percent, up from 7.9 percent in November and 8 percent a year ago. Some 788,100 people were unemployed here last month, up from 754,700 in November and 759,500 in December 2011.
The number of unemployed in Rochester in December was 41,800, compared with 38,700 in November and 39,200 a year ago. Some 483,800 people were employed here last month, down from 487,000 in November, but relatively unchanged from 483,500 a year ago.
Last week the Department of Labor reported a decrease in the number of non-farm and private-sector jobs in Rochester. The area was one of four upstate regions to lose non-farm jobs from December 2011 to December 2012, and one of five to lose private sector jobs.
Area unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, were:
• Monroe County—7.7 percent, compared with 7.3 percent in November and a year ago;
• Genesee County—8.2 percent, up from 7.4 percent in November and 8 percent a year ago;
• Livingston County—rose to 8.4 percent from 7.1 percent in November and 8.3 percent in December 2011;
• Ontario County—7.5 percent, compared with 6.7 percent in November and 7.5 percent a year ago;
• Orleans County—10.9 percent, up from 10.2 percent in November and 8.9 percent a year ago; and
• Wayne County—8.8 percent, up from 7.6 percent in November and 7.9 percent a year ago.
The jobless rate in Buffalo last month was 8.6 percent, compared with 8 percent a year ago. The Syracuse area unemployment rate was 8.5 percent, up from 8.2 percent in December 2011, not seasonally adjusted.
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