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Unemployment rate dips to 8% in Rochester region

By VELVET SPICER - 4/23/2013 3:12:01 PM

The Rochester metropolitan area economy rebounded slightly in March, with an improvement in the unemployment rate and an increase in the number of non-farm and private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Tuesday.

The unemployment rate was 8 percent last month, down from 8.3 percent in February and 8.3 percent in March 2012. 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 8.1 percent, compared with 8.7 percent a year ago, on a not seasonally adjusted basis. Some 765,100 people were unemployed in New York last month, down from 842,600 in February and 831,900 a year ago.

The number of unemployed in Rochester in March was 41,300, compared with 45,500 in February and 43,400 in March 2012. Some 477,900 people were employed here last month, up from 475,200 in February, but down from 478,800 a year ago.

Last week the Department of Labor reported a slight gain in the number non-farm and private-sector jobs in the Rochester area, not seasonally adjusted. Rochester ranked third in terms of the number of non-farm jobs added in March.

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

The jobless rate in Buffalo was 8.5 percent last month, compared with 8.8 percent a year ago and 9.2 percent in February. The unemployment rate in Syracuse was 8.5 percent in March, down 9 percent in March 2012, and 9.3 percent in February.

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