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PERIOD LATEST PREVIOUS PERCENT SAME PERIOD PERCENT
MEASURED PERIOD PERIOD CHANGE ONE YEAR CHANGE
AGO

EMPLOYMENT
Total non-farm jobs
(000): February 498.1 495.0 0.6 502.4 -0.9
Total private jobs
(000): February 416.0 415.6 0.1 422.0 -1.4
Construction February 14.8 15.1 -2.0 14.8 0.0
Education and health
services February 100.8 98.3 2.5 100.5 0.3
Financial activities February 21.2 21.2 0.0 21.5 -1.4
Government February 82.1 79.4 3.4 80.4 2.1
Information services February 12.0 12.1 -0.8 12.3 -2.4
Leisure and
hospitality February 35.5 35.5 0.0 35.9 -1.1
Manufacturing February 75.2 75.4 -0.3 79.6 -5.5
Other services February 18.6 18.5 0.5 18.7 -0.5
Professional and business
services February 55.2 54.9 0.5 55.6 -0.7
Transportation, warehousing
and utilities February 9.8 9.8 0.0 9.5 3.2
Wholesale and retail
trade February 72.4 74.3 -2.6 73.0 -0.8
Monthly want-ad index February 18 17 5.9 19 -5.3
Unemployment rate by area (%):
Rochester metro February 5.7 5.9 -3.4 6.5 -12.3
Genesee County February 6.5 6.5 0.0 7.3 -11.0
Livingston County February 6.7 6.9 -2.9 7.9 -15.2
Monroe County February 5.3 5.5 -3.6 6.1 -13.1
Ontario County February 6.4 6.4 0.0 6.7 -4.5
Orleans County February 7.6 7.6 0.0 8.5 -10.6
Wayne County February 6.7 6.9 -2.9 7.5 -10.7
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
New corporation
filings March 7-11 31 48 -35.4 39 -20.5
Bankruptcy filings: April 14-20 134 137 -2.2 118 13.6
Chapter 7 April 14-20 107 106 0.9 88 21.6
Chapter 11 April 14-20 1 0 NM 0 NM
Chapter 13 April 14-20 26 31 -16.1 30 -13.3
BUSINESS CONDITIONS
Current business conditions:
Better (%) March 7 18 -61.1 60 -88.3
Same (%) March 93 82 13.4 40 132.5
Worse (%) March 0 0 NM 0 NM
Inventories:
Higher (%) March 0 0 NM 53 -100.0
Same (%) March 93 91 2.2 40 132.5
Lower (%) March 7 9 -22.2 7 0.0
Three-month forecast:
Increase (%) March 36 27 33.3 27 33.3
Stable (%) March 64 73 -12.3 73 -12.3
Decrease (%) March 0 0 NM 0 NM
REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION
Houses sold: March 1,812 1,527 18.7 2,052 -11.7
Genesee County March 26 15 73.3 29 -10.3
Livingston County March 36 27 33.3 39 -7.7
Monroe County March 525 413 27.1 518 1.4
Ontario County March 78 53 47.2 60 30.0
Orleans County March 29 40 -27.5 21 38.1
Wayne County March 73 53 37.7 62 17.7
Median price of houses
sold March $102,000 $99,900 2.1 $89,000 14.6
Construction contracts
(millions) February $33.7 $60.6 -44.4 $100.0 -66.3
Residential February $21.4 $25.0 -14.4 $54.3 -60.6
Commercial February $12.3 $35.6 -65.4 $45.7 -73.1
Mortgage filings January 2,820 3,344 -15.7 2,819 0.0
RETAIL
Sales tax distributions
(000): February $32,129 $41,495 -22.6 $32,588 -1.4
Genesee County February $1,510 $1,995 -24.3 $1,587 -4.9
Livingston County February $1,119 $1,472 -24.0 $1,147 -2.4
Monroe County February $23,863 $30,730 -22.3 $24,594 -3.0
Ontario County February $3,300 $4,270 -22.7 $3,269 0.9
Orleans County February $667 $850 -21.5 $679 -1.8
Wayne County February $1,670 $2,178 -23.3 $1,312 27.3
New car sales March 4,113 2,558 60.8 3,932 4.6
Used car sales March 1,989 1,609 23.6 1,980 0.5
Consumer Price Index March 206.0 203.6 1.2 198.6 3.7
TRANSPORTATION
Airline passengers February 222,416 206,980 7.5 199,623 11.4
Freight (pounds) February 43,207 30,393 42.2 33,242 30.0
TOURISM
Convention attendance March 2,180 5,350 -59.3 2,200 -0.9
Hotel occupancy taxes collected
(000) 4th Quarter $1,338 $1,725 -22.4 $1,193 12.2
FOREIGN EXCHANGE (per $1.00 U.S.)
Australian dollar Apr-19 1.30 1.30 0.0 1.33 -2.6
Brazil real Apr-19 2.58 2.60 -0.8 2.92 -11.6
British pound Apr-19 0.52 0.53 -2.1 0.55 -5.7
Canadian dollar Apr-19 1.24 1.24 0.0 1.35 -8.1
Euro Apr-19 0.77 0.78 -0.8 0.83 -7.7
Indian rupee Apr-19 43.70 43.62 0.2 43.88 -0.4
Japanese yen Apr-19 107.02 108.26 -1.1 108.50 -1.4
Mexican peso Apr-19 11.08 11.12 -0.4 11.25 -1.5
South Korean won Apr-19 1013.00 1016.00 -0.3 1154.00 -12.2
Swiss franc Apr-19 1.18 1.20 -1.7 1.29 -8.5
Taiwan dollar Apr-19 31.50 31.62 -0.4 32.87 -4.2

04/22/05 (C) Rochester Business Journal

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