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Area's unemployment rate drops to 7.2 in April

Rochester Business Journal
May 21, 2013

The Rochester metropolitan area continued to improve in April, with a decrease in the unemployment rate and an increase in the number of jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month, compared with 7.9 percent in March and 7.8 percent a year ago. The metro 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 7.3 percent, down from 8 percent in March and 8.1 percent in April 2012. Some 690,900 people were unemployed in New York last month, compared with 763,600 in March and 771,600 a year ago.

The number of unemployed in Rochester in April was 37,500, down from 41,200 in March and 40,300 in April 2012. Some 479,700 people were employed here last month, compared with 477,700 in March and 478,900 a year ago.

Last week the Department of Labor reported a 2,600-job gain in the non-farm sector, while the private sector added 1,700 jobs from April 2012 to April 2013. Rochester was one of eight metro regions upstate to add jobs in April.

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

• Monroe County—7 percent, down from 7.5 percent in March and 7.6 percent a year ago;
• Genesee County—7.1 percent, compared with 8 percent in March and 7.6 percent in April 2012;
• Livingston County—7.8 percent, down from 9 percent in March and 8.1 percent a year ago;
• Ontario County—7.1 percent, compared with 8 percent in March and 7.3 percent in April 2012;
• Orleans County—9.3 percent, down from 10.4 percent in March and 9.9 percent a year ago; and
• Wayne County—8.1 percent, down from 9.5 percent in March and 8.3 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate in Buffalo last month was 7.7 percent, down from 8.4 percent in March and 8.3 percent a year ago. The Syracuse area jobless rate also fell in April to 7.7 percent from 8.5 percent in March and 8.2 percent a year ago, not seasonally adjusted.

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