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Area unemployment rate at 7.4%, up slightly from year ago

The jobless rate in Rochester increased slightly in November, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, up from 7.2 percent last year. 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 noted.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, down from 8.3 percent in October and flat with the rate of 7.9 percent last November. Some 756,200 people were unemployed statewide last month, down from 795,800 in October but up from 750,700 in November 2011.

The number of unemployed locally in November was 38,800, compared with 41,100 in October and 37,600 in November 2011.

Area unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, were:

Monroe County—7.3 percent in November, compared with 7.8 in October and 7.3 a year ago;

Genesee County—7.4 percent, compared with 7.2 percent in October and 7.3 percent a year ago;

Livingston County—7.1 percent, unchanged from October and last November;

Ontario County—6.7 percent, compared with 6.8 percent in October and 6.6 percent a year ago;

Orleans County—10.1 percent, versus 10.2 the previous month and 8.3 percent in November 2011; and

Wayne County—7.7 percent, flat with October and up from 7 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate in Buffalo was 7.9 percent last month, up from 7.5 percent a year ago. The Syracuse area unemployment rate also was 7.9 percent, compared with 7.8 percent a year ago.

Last week, the Labor Department reported that over the past year, Rochester has added 3,400 non-farm jobs, or 0.7 percent, while the private sector has gained 3,000 jobs, also 0.7 percent. Job gains again were concentrated primarily in the professional and business services industry.

 (c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.
 

 

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