Private-sector jobs up 5,300 in Buffalo

January 27, 2014 Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

January 27, 2014 Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 10:55 AM EDT

There was more private-sector job growth in Buffalo at the end of 2013, the state Department of labor reported Thursday.

The Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area tacked on 5,300 private jobs in December, a gain of 1.2 percent from the same month in 2012. Nonfarm jobs, which considers the private sector and government jobs combined, were up 5,100, or 0.9 percent.

Health care and professional business services were two industries that surged during the month.

Buffalo accounted for roughly one-third of the 52-county Upstate New York region's private-sector job increases (15,700, up 0.6 percent).

Rochester tacked on 3,800 private jobs, up 0.9 percent.

During December, the state picked up 10,400 private-sector jobs, which raised New York's count to 7.5 million, an all-time high.

The state's private-sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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