Job Gains in WNY

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM EDT

By Business First


Job Gains in WNY

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM EDT

Private-sector employment was on the rise in August in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area with an addition of 6,400 jobs compared to the same period a year ago.

That, the state Department of Labor reported, was an increase of 1.4 percent.

Overall job gains, or nonfarm (private plus government), added up to 5,000, an increase of 0.9 percent from August 2012.

Labor department figures indicated private service-providing jobs as the big gainer in the Buffalo market, tacking on 7,300 jobs, an increase of 1.9 percent. Education and health services grew by 4,000 jobs, or 4.5 percent.

There were 1,400 fewer government positions locally compared to a year ago.

The Rochester area, however, saw a year-over-year loss of 800 private-sector jobs, down 0.2 percent. Nonfarm jobs were flat with the addition of 200 positions.

New York state added 22,700 private-sector jobs last month, a growth rate of 0.3 percent and the biggest hike since January.

Though preliminary labor department notes the state's private sector job count to 7.45 million is an all-time high.

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