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State: Rochester region added jobs in November

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

From November 2014 to November 2015, the metro area gained 4,400 non-farm jobs, or 0.8 percent, while the private sector added 5,400 jobs, or 1.2 percent, not seasonally adjusted. Rochester was one of 11 regions statewide with non-farm job gains last month.

Non-farm jobs include private sector and government jobs.

The Rochester metropolitan region includes Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne and Yates counties. Genesee County is considered a micropolitan area. The number of non-farm jobs in Genesee County fell by 200 last month.

Buffalo added 6,900 non-farm jobs, or 1.2 percent, and 8,000 private-sector jobs, or 1.7 percent, in November, while Syracuse gained 2,300 non-farm jobs, or 0.7 percent, and 2,600 private-sector jobs, or 1 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

Statewide, the number of non-farm jobs climbed by 172,600, while the private sector has added 176,700 since November 2014. From October to November, the number of private-sector jobs statewide increased by 13,100 to 7.87 million, a record high, the Department of Labor reported.

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

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate statewide last month was 4.8 percent, unchanged from October, but down from 5.8 percent a year ago. Job growth was highest statewide in the educational and health services sector, while the government lost the most jobs.

Local employment rates are scheduled to be released next week.

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