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Labor Department: Rochester region adds jobs in July

Rochester’s economy continues to improve, with jumps in both private-sector and non-farm jobs, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

From July 2014 to July 2015, the Rochester metro area added 9,300 non-farm jobs, or 1.8 percent, while the private sector gained 9,700 jobs, or 2.2 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Non-farm jobs include private sector and government jobs.

The metropolitan area includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne and Yates counties. Genesee County is considered a micropolitan area. Genesee County gained 200 non-farm jobs over the last year, or 0.8 percent.

Rochester ranked third, with Elmira, among regions statewide in terms of the percentage of private-sector job growth last month.

Buffalo added 12,600 non-farm jobs, or 2.3 percent, in July, and 12,800 private-sector jobs, or 2.7 percent. Syracuse gained 2,700 non-farm jobs, or 0.9 percent, while the private sector added 2,800 jobs, or 1.1 percent. Watertown-Fort Drum again was the only region with non-farm and private-sector job declines in July.

Statewide, non-farm job growth was 189,700, or 2.1 percent, while the private sector added 189,000 jobs, or 2.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Over the last three months New York’s private sector has added 95,300 jobs, the Department of Labor said.

Non-seasonally adjusted employment and job data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons for the same month, for example, July 2014 versus July 2015, the Department of Labor has noted. When comparing different months, seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid comparison.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate statewide last month was 5.4 percent, the lowest level in seven years, and down from 5.5 percent in June and 6.1 percent a year ago.

Job growth was highest statewide in the educational and health services sector, where 67,700 jobs were added since July 2014. The only major industry with job declines was natural resources & mining.

Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.

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