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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): March 500.6 498.4 0.4 504.8 -0.8
Total private jobs (000): March 418.7 416.3 0.6 423.7 -1.2
Construction March 14.9 14.8 0.7 15.1 -1.3
Education and health
services March 102.3 101.2 1.1 101.1 1.2
Financial activities March 21.1 21.2 -0.5 21.6 -2.3
Government March 81.9 82.1 -0.2 81.1 1.0
Information services March 12.1 12.0 0.8 12.3 -1.6
Leisure and hospitality March 35.8 35.4 1.1 36.3 -1.4
Manufacturing March 75.4 75.2 0.3 79.6 -5.3
Other services March 18.7 18.5 1.1 18.8 -0.5
Professional and business
services March 55.5 55.1 0.7 55.7 -0.4
Transportation, warehousing
and utilities March 9.7 9.8 -1.0 9.5 2.1
Wholesale and retail
trade March 72.7 72.6 0.1 73.1 -0.5
Monthly want-ad index February 18 17 5.9 19 -5.3
Unemployment rate by area (%):
Rochester metro March 5.3 5.7 -7.0 6.5 -18.5
Genesee County March 5.6 6.5 -13.8 7.1 -21.1
Livingston County March 5.8 6.6 -12.1 7.7 -24.7
Monroe County March 5.0 5.3 -5.7 6.1 -18.0
Ontario County March 5.4 6.5 -16.9 6.6 -18.2
Orleans County March 7.0 7.6 -7.9 8.4 -16.7
Wayne County March 6.2 6.7 -7.5 7.2 -13.9
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
New corporation
filings March 14-18 30 31 -3.2 47 -36.2
Bankruptcy filings: April 21-27 119 134 -11.2 128 -7.0
Chapter 7 April 21-27 92 107 -14.0 106 -13.2
Chapter 11 April 21-27 0 1 NM 0 NM
Chapter 13 April 21-27 27 26 3.8 22 22.7
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) March $74.4 $33.7 120.8 $76.2 -2.4
Residential March $34.8 $21.4 62.6 $48.4 -28.1
Commercial March $39.6 $12.3 222.0 $27.8 42.4
Mortgage filings February 2,306 2,820 -18.2 2,569 -10.2
RETAIL
Sales tax distributions
(000): March $48,365 $32,129 50.5 $46,288 4.5
Genesee County March $2,770 $1,510 83.4 $2,529 9.5
Livingston County March $2,517 $1,119 124.9 $2,243 12.2
Monroe County March $34,695 $23,863 45.4 $33,774 2.7
Ontario County March $4,184 $3,300 26.8 $4,418 -5.3
Orleans County March $922 $667 38.2 $1,010 -8.7
Wayne County March $3,277 $1,670 96.2 $2,314 41.6
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-26 1.28 1.30 -1.3 1.37 -6.4
Brazil real Apr-26 2.54 2.58 -1.6 2.91 -12.7
British pound Apr-26 0.53 0.52 1.1 0.56 -5.8
Canadian dollar Apr-26 1.25 1.24 0.8 1.36 -8.1
Euro Apr-26 0.77 0.77 0.0 0.84 -8.5
Indian rupee Apr-26 43.60 43.70 -0.2 44.10 -1.1
Japanese yen Apr-26 106.03 107.02 -0.9 108.55 -2.3
Mexican peso Apr-26 11.06 11.08 -0.2 11.29 -2.0
South Korean won Apr-26 998.70 1013.00 -1.4 1156.00 -13.6
Swiss franc Apr-26 1.19 1.18 0.8 1.31 -9.2
Taiwan dollar Apr-26 31.34 31.50 -0.5 33.05 -5.2

04/29/05 (C) Rochester Business Journal

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