Buffalo job market slightly better than a year ago

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM EDT

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Buffalo job market slightly better than a year ago

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM EDT

The state Department of Labor reports that New York's private-sector job count has surpassed 7.5 million - an all-time high.

Slowly, the Buffalo area is assisting that rise.

"The state's economy added 5,400 private sector jobs, reaching another all-time high in January," said Bohdan Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics. "This, coupled with federal benchmarking revisions, has shown the economy to be even stronger than we thought."

Figures for January show the Buffalo Niagara region tacked on 3,400 jobs compared to a year ago, an increase of 0.8 percent.

Nonfarm jobs, which include public-sector positions, rose by 3,700, or 0.7 percent, in the year-over-year period.

The largest net gains in the Buffalo area in January was service-providing employment, which added 5,000 jobs, and private service jobs, up 4,700.

By percentage, education and administrative jobs rose 3.9 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively.

The labor department noted that federal employment rolls in the Buffalo area declined by 6.2 percent in January from the same month in 2013.

The state's private-sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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