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Area unemployment rises; private sector loses jobs

The Rochester-area economy faltered in January, with an increase in the jobless rate and a private-sector job loss.

Area unemployment rises; private sector loses jobs

The Rochester-area economy faltered in January, with an increase in the jobless rate and a private-sector job loss.
The unemployment rate in the Rochester area was 5.5 percent in January, up from 4.8 percent in December and 5 percent a year ago. The metropolitan area gained 500 non-farm jobs, or 0.1 percent, since January 2007, but lost 600 private-sector jobs, or 0.1 percent.
The metropolitan area includes Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties.
Statewide, the jobless rate, seasonally adjusted, rose to 5 percent from 4.6 percent in December and 4.4 percent in January 2007. Some 86,900 non-farm jobs have been added since January 2007, and the private sector has gained 73,100 jobs, not seasonally adjusted.
Educational and health services continues to lead the industry sectors in job gains, adding 37,400 jobs in the last year. The manufacturing sector continued to top the list of industries with job losses. The state has 17,000 fewer manufacturing jobs now than a year ago.
Revised data from the state Department of Labor shows New York’s private sector job count increased by 1.4 percent in 2007, the state’s strongest private-sector job growth since 2000.
The number of unemployed in the Rochester area in January was 29,200, up from 25,400 in December and 26,500 a year ago. The number of employed here fell to 499,600 in January from 503,300 in December and 504,100 in January 2007.
Jobless rates for area counties were:
• Monroe County—5.2 percent, up from 4.6 percent in December and 4.6 percent a year ago;
• Genesee County—rose to 6.6 percent from 5.4 percent in December and 5.5 percent a year ago;
• Livingston County—increased to 6.5 percent from 5.4 percent in December and 6.4 percent in January 2007;
• Ontario County—was 5.7 percent in January, compared with 4.8 percent in December and 5.3 percent a year ago;
• Orleans County—increased to 7.4 percent from 6.4 percent in December and 6.7 percent a year ago; and
• Wayne County—was 6.1 percent in January, compared with 5.5 percent in December and 5.7 percent a year ago.
The Buffalo area’s unemployment rate also increased in January to 6.1 percent from 5.2 percent in December and 5.6 percent a year ago. The area’s non-farm jobs have increased by 2,500, or 0.5 percent, since January 2007, while the private sector has gained 900 jobs, or 0.2 percent.
The Syracuse-area economy also slipped in January. The jobless rate was 5.5 percent, up from 4.6 percent in December and 5.2 percent a year ago. The area has gained some 2,600 non-farm jobs, or 0.8 percent, since January 2007, while the private sector has gained 2,000 jobs, or 0.8 percent.

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