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Region's unemployment rate declines in July

By VELVET SPICER - 8/20/2013 4:41:54 PM

The Rochester-area economy saw mixed results in July, with a loss in the number of private-sector jobs, but a decrease in the unemployment rate.

The unemployment rate was 7 percent in July down from 8.5 percent a year ago. The Rochester metropolitan area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. The rate was also 7 percent in June.

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 July was 37,100, compared 44,900 a year ago, and with 37,000 in June. Some 489,600 people were employed in the region in July up from 485,300 in July 2012, and down from 491,000 in June.

Last week the Department of Labor reported Rochester lost some 400 private-sector jobs over the last year, not seasonally adjusted, while non-farm jobs increased by 600. Rochester ranked sixth among 11 upstate metro regions in terms of the number of non-farm jobs added in July.

Area unemployment rates in July, not seasonally adjusted, were:

• Monroe County—7.2 percent down from 8.6 percent a year ago, and up from 7 percent in June;
• Genesee County—6.1 percent, compared with 7.5 percent a year ago and 6.2 percent in June;
• Livingston County—6.8 percent, down from 8.2 percent in July 2012 and 7.1 percent in June;
• Ontario County—5.9 percent, compared with 7.2 percent a year ago and 6.2 percent in June;
• Orleans County—8.5 percent, down from 11.2 percent a year ago, but up from 8.4 percent in June; and
• Wayne County—6.8 percent, compared with 8.4 percent in July 2012 and 7.2 percent in June.

The jobless rate in Buffalo last month was 7.4 percent, down from 8.9 percent a year ago. The Syracuse area unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July, compared with 8.9 percent a year ago.

Statewide, also not seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, unchanged from June, but down from 8.9 percent a year ago. Some 743,800 people were unemployed in New York last month, compared with 734,300 in June and 871,000 in July 2012.

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