The Rochester area economy continues to improve as the unemployment rate has dropped for four consecutive months, while number of jobs has increased, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.
The unemployment rate was 7 percent in June, unchanged from May, but down from 8.2 percent a year ago. The metropolitan 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 has noted.
Statewide, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.4 percent in May, but down from 8.7 percent in June 2012. Some 734,500 people were unemployed in New York last month, compared with 706,300 in May and 841,100 a year ago.
The number of unemployed in Rochester in June was 37,000, up from 36,400 in May, but down from 43,800 in June 2012. Some 492,000 people were employed in the region in June, compared with 484,800 in May and 488,200 a year ago.
Last week the Department of Labor reported Rochester gained 3,100 non-farm jobs, while the private sector added 1,700 jobs over the last year, not seasonally adjusted. Rochester ranked third among upstate regions in terms of the number of non-farm jobs added in June.
Area unemployment rates in June, not seasonally adjusted, were:
• Monroe County—7 percent, unchanged from May, but down from 8.2 percent a year ago;
• Genesee County—6.2 percent, unchanged from May, but down from 7.4 percent in June 2012;
• Livingston County—7.1 percent, unchanged from May, but down from 8.2 percent a year ago;
• Ontario County—6.2 percent, compared with 6.4 percent in May and 7.5 percent a year ago;
• Orleans County—8.4 percent, unchanged from May, but down from 10.4 percent in June 2012; and
• Wayne County—7.1 percent, compared with 7.3 percent in May and 8.7 percent a year ago.
The jobless rate in Buffalo last month was 7.4 percent, compared with 7.3 percent in May and 8.5 percent a year ago. The Syracuse area unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, up from 7.4 percent in May, but down from 8.8 percent a year ago.
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