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Report: Rochester region adds jobs

Rochester Business Journal
January 23, 2014

The Rochester metro area continues to add jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

From December 2012 to December 2013 Rochester gained 3,700 non-farm jobs, or 0.7 percent, while the private sector added 3,800 jobs, or 0.9 percent. Non-farm jobs include both private sector and government jobs.

Rochester ranked fifth among upstate metro areas in terms of non-farm job growth percentage in December.

The Buffalo area added 5,100 non-farm jobs last month, or 0.9 percent, while the private sector gained 5,300 jobs, or 1.2 percent. The Syracuse economy gained 4,100 non-farm jobs, or 1.3 percent, while the private sector added 3,900 jobs, or 1.5 percent.

In the 52-county upstate New York region, non-farm job growth was 11,100, or 0.4 percent. The private sector gained 15,700 jobs, or 0.6 percent. Statewide, some 96,700 non-farm jobs were added in the last year, while the private sector gained 109,900 jobs.

From November to December the state added 9,800 non-farm jobs, while the private sector gained 10,400 jobs, seasonally adjusted.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in New York last month was 7.1 percent, down from 7.4 percent in November and 8.2 percent a year ago. It was the lowest jobless rate in five years, the Department of Labor reported.

Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same month, for example, December 2012 versus December 2013, the Department of Labor has noted. When comparing different months, seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid comparison.

The educational and health services sector continued to lead the industries with job gains in December, having added 52,300 jobs since December 2012, not seasonally adjusted. The government continued to lose the most jobs, having shed 13,200 jobs since December 2012.

Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.

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