Buffalo, Upstate unemployment rate falls

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM EDT

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Buffalo, Upstate unemployment rate falls

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM EDT

Unemployment fell significantly in the Buffalo market and across Upstate New York in the past year.

The state Department of Labor posted jobless rates for July showing Buffalo was down to 7.4 percent compared to a year ago.

Last week, the labor department reported Buffalo added 8,200 private-sector jobs, up 1.8 percent, in the same year-over-year period. Leisure and hospitality sparked the increase with an added 3,600 jobs. Nonfarm jobs (public and private combined) rose 6,600, or 1.2 percent. Government employment in the area declined by 1,600 jobs.

Rochester had an unemployment rate of 7.0 percent last month, down from 8.5 percent. Syracuse was at 7.4 percent, down from 8.9 percent. The jobless rate for the 52 Upstate New York counties was 7.2 percent compared to 8.6 percent a year ago.

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