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Region’s job woes continued in September

Year-over-year job losses and the unemployment rate continued to rise in the Rochester area last month.

The jobless rate was 8 percent in September, unchanged from August, but up from 5.7 percent a year ago. Since September 2008 the area has lost some 10,300 non-farm jobs, or 2 percent, while the number of private-sector jobs has decreased by 8,100, or 1.8 percent.

The metropolitan area includes Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties.

The number of unemployed in the Rochester area last month was 42,800, compared with 43,400 in August and 30,500 a year ago. The number of employed here was 491,300 in September, down from 496,300 in August and 503,000 a year ago.

Unemployment rates for area counties were:

  • Monroe County—8.3 percent, unchanged from 8.3 percent in August, but up from 5.9 percent a year ago;
  • Genesee County—rose to 7.2 percent last month from 6.8 percent in August and 5.1 percent in September 2008;
  • Livingston County—was 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent in August, but up from 5.4 percent a year ago;
  • Ontario County—was up to 6.7 percent last month from 6.6 percent in August and 4.9 percent in September 2008;
  • Orleans County—fell to 8.2 percent from 9.2 percent in August, but was up from 6.1 percent a year ago; and
  • Wayne County—was 7.8 percent in September, compared with 7.7 percent in August and 5.5 percent a year ago.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from August to September at 8.9 percent, but was up from 5.8 percent a year ago. In August the statewide unemployment rate reached its highest level since 1983. Some 847,700 people were unemployed statewide last month.

The state has lost some 236,000 non-farm jobs since September 2008, not seasonally adjusted, while the private sector has lost 219,700 jobs. The state’s private sector has declined for 13 consecutive months.

The educational and health services sector continues to lead the industries with job gains, while the trade, transportation and utilities sector continued to post the highest job losses. The sector has lost some 61,800 jobs since September 2008.

The unemployment rate in Buffalo was 8.4 percent last month, compared with 8.3 percent in August and 5.9 percent a year ago. The area has lost some 16,800 non-farm jobs and 14,000 private-sector jobs since September 2008.

The jobless rate in the Syracuse area was 8.1 percent in September, up from 7.9 percent in August and 5.7 percent a year ago. The area has lost some 6,500 non-farm jobs and 6,500 private-sector jobs since September 2008.

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