Buffalo job market on upswing in April

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 8:18 AM EDT

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Buffalo job market on upswing in April

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 8:18 AM EDT

Buffalo set the Upstate New York pace for private-sector job growth in April, tacking on 6,400 jobs, a growth rate of 1.4 percent, compared to the same period a year ago.

Taking account of both private- and public-sector jobs, the gain in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area was 4,600, or 0.8 percent, from April 2012. Leisure and hospitality was among the leading gainers, up 6.2 percent.

Rochester added 1,700 private-sector jobs, up 0.4 percent, and 2,600 jobs, up 0.5 percent, overall.

The preliminary figures were reported by the state Department of Labor.

Across New York, job growth was 23,800 in the private sector, for a growth rate of 0.3 percent. The labor said New York reached an all-time high private sector job count of 7.45 million in April 2013.