Things Are Looking Up For Private Sector Jobs In Buffalo

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- Buffalo's two-county metropolitan area added 8,000 private-sector jobs in the passed year according numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wednesday.

Business First reports that this ranks Buffalo in 39 place among the Nation's 100 biggest metro areas. About 86 of those cities have seen an increase in private-sector jobs, while only 14 cities saw their numbers go down.

Officials said Buffalo fairs well compared to cities of similar size in the state. Rochester is ranked slightly higher than the Queen City at 28 with an increase of 11,200 jobs. Albany is lagging behind gaining 6900 jobs, while Syracuse gain 1600 private-sector jobs since July of 2010.

Out of the 100 cities, Ogden, Utah had the highest increase in jobs. The city that faired the worst was Atlanta, Georgia losing nearly 13,000 jobs last year.