The Rochester metropolitan area economy in March saw an increase in the number of non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor said Thursday.
Over the last year, Rochester has added 1,100 non-farm jobs, or 0.2 percent, while the private sector has gained 200 jobs—flat on a percentage basis—not seasonally adjusted. Rochester ranked third in terms of the number of non-farm jobs added last month, tied with Ithaca and Poughkeepsie.
The Buffalo area economy also improved in March, adding 1,400 non-farm jobs, or 0.3 percent, and 3,200 private-sector jobs, or 0.7 percent. Syracuse added 900 non-farm jobs in March, or 0.3 percent, while the private sector added 700 jobs, or 0.3 percent.
Among the 52-county Upstate New York region, non-farm job growth over the last year was 5,400 in March, while the private sector gained 12,600 jobs, not seasonally adjusted. Statewide, some 79,900 non-farm jobs and 97,100 private sector jobs were gained.
From February to March, New York’s private sector added 14,100 jobs, while the gain in non-farm jobs was 11,200, both on a seasonally adjusted basis. New York reached an all-time high private-sector job count of 7,426,100, the Labor Department said.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate statewide in March was 8.2 percent, compared with 8.4 percent in February and 8.5 percent a year ago.
Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same month, for example, March 2012 versus March 2013, the Department of Labor noted. When comparing different months, seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid comparison.
The educational and health services sector showed the largest job gains statewide in March, having added 35,800 positions since March 2012, not seasonally adjusted. The government, primarily at the local level, continued to shed the most jobs, having lost some 17,200 in the last year.
Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.
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