Buffalo unemployment rate drops

September 27, 2013 Updated May 24, 2010 at 7:08 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo

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Buffalo unemployment rate drops

September 27, 2013 Updated May 24, 2010 at 7:08 AM EDT

Unemployment in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area improved in April from a year ago, with the jobless rate declining to 7.8 percent from 8.2 percent.

The state Department of Labor monthly figures note that Buffalo was second in unemployment among Upstate metropolitan areas, trailing Binghamton, which was at 7.9 percent.

Rochester's unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, up from 7.4 percent last year while Syracuse had a jobless rate of 7.7 percent, up from 7.5 percent.

Statewide unemployment was at 8.4 percent - the lowest rate in the past year.

Private-sector jobs fell by 1,100, or 0.3 percent year-over-year in the Buffalo area and nonfarm employment was off 1,200, or 0.2 percent.

Overall, the state added 31,500 private-sector jobs in April, up 0.4 percent.