Buffalo Niagara adds 2K private jobs

March 25, 2011 Updated Mar 25, 2011 at 7:14 AM EDT

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Buffalo Niagara adds 2K private jobs

March 25, 2011 Updated Mar 25, 2011 at 7:14 AM EDT


Private-sector employment in the Buffalo metropolitan area was on the rise in the past year, the state Department of Labor said Thursday.

The Buffalo-Niagara Falls region added 2,000 jobs in private industry, a gain of 0.5 percent. Non-farm jobs were up by 1,500, or 0.3 percent compared to February 2010.

Job gains were centered in trade, transportation and utilities (+2,300), professional and business services (+1,000), and educational and health services (+600). Losses were greatest in natural resources, mining and construction (-500), financial activities (-400), information (-400), and manufacturing (-300). Government employment decreased (-500) over the year and shrunk statewide by 32,100 in the past year, the labor department said.

Rochester's private-sector payrolls rose by 5,000, or 1.2 percent.

Year-over-year, the number of private-sector jobs in the state increased by 79,300, or 1.2 percent. By comparison, the number of private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by 1.4 percent over the same time frame.

Since February 2010, the number of nonfarm jobs combining - private and public sectors - in New York state increased by 47,200, or 0.6 percent. The number of nonfarm jobs in the U.S. increased by 1 percent over the same period.

The unemployment rate in Erie County in February was 8.9 percent and in Niagara County the figure was 10.1 percent.

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