Rochester area posts job growth in January

By VELVET SPICER - 3/6/2014 3:59:57 PM

The Rochester metro area continued to show improvement in January, with an increase in both non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

From January 2013 to January 2014, Rochester gained 1,600 non-farm jobs, or 0.3 percent, while the private sector added 1,900 jobs, or 0.4 percent. Non-farm jobs include both private sector and government jobs.

Rochester ranked fourth among upstate metro areas in terms of non-farm job growth percentage in January. The metro area includes Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties.

The Buffalo area added 3,700 non-farm jobs, or 0.7 percent, while the private sector gained 3,400 jobs, or 0.8 percent. Syracuse gained 700 non-farm jobs, or 0.2 percent, while the private sector added 600 jobs, or 0.2 percent.

In the 52-county upstate New York region, non-farm job growth was 6,900, or 0.2 percent. The private sector gained 13,000 jobs, or 0.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From December to January the state lost 1,400 non-farm jobs, while the private sector gained 5,400 jobs, seasonally adjusted.

Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same month, for example, January 2013 versus January 2014, the Department of Labor has noted. When comparing different months, seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid comparison.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in New York in January was 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent in December and 8.1 percent a year ago. The jobless rate was the lowest since December 2008.

“The state’s economy added 5,400 private-sector jobs, reaching another all-time high in January,” said Bohdan Wynnyk, the Department of Labor’s deputy director of the division of research and statistics. “This, coupled with federal benchmarking revisions, has shown the economy to be even stronger than we thought.”

The educational and health services sector continued to lead the industries with job gains in January, adding some 37,500 jobs since January 2013. The government continued to bleed the most jobs, shedding 5,600 in the last year, primarily at the federal level.

Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.

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