Buffalo private-sector jobs rose in July

August 20, 2010 Updated Aug 20, 2010 at 5:49 AM EDT

August 20, 2010 Updated Aug 20, 2010 at 5:49 AM EDT

There was a glimmer of positive news for the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan region in the monthly figures from the state Department of Labor.

The July report, released Thursday, showed an uptick in private-sector jobs and lower unemployment compared to the same month a year ago.

The metro area added 400 private-sector positions, an increase of 0.1 percent though nonfarm employment declined by 1,900, or 0.4 percent, year-over-year.

The Buffalo unemployment rate was 8.0 percent last month, down from 8.4 percent a year ago.

Rochester suffered a loss of 2,900 private-sector jobs, or 0.7 percent, in the past year and an overall nonfarm decline of 6,000, or 1.2 percent. Unemployment in that area fell to 7.8 percent from 8.2 percent last July.

The labor department said New York state added 29,000 private sector jobs, up 0.4 percent, the state's largest monthly increase since April 2005. The total nonfarm job count in New York increased by 10,500, or 0.1 percent in July 2010.

The nonfarm job count tracks all jobs in the private and public sectors. It does not count the self-employed or workers on farms.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent in July 2010.

Also, the number of unemployed New York State residents dropped slightly, falling from 798,200 in June to 796,700 in July 2010. The statewide labor force fell by 28,700 over this period.

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