Western New York again led a surge in private-sector job growth across the Upstate region in August, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.
The monthly report showed the Buffalo metropolitan area added 5,500 private-sector jobs last month compared to a year ago, a gain of 1.2 percent. Total job growth (nonfarm, or public plus private) was 7,100, up 1.3 percent from August 2010.
Rochester set the pace adding 8,900 private-sector jobs, up 2.1 percent. That metro's overall job growth was pegged at 9,000, up 1.8 percent.
The 52 counties comprising Upstate New York added 23,800 jobs in the private sector, up 1.0 percent. Nonfarm job growth in the same area was 21,200.
Since the state's economic recovery began in November 2009, New York has recouped 48 percent, or 160,900, of the private-sector jobs lost during the 2008-2009 recession.
New York State's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in August 2011, unchanged from July 2011. The number of unemployed New Yorkers increased slightly over the month - from 755,900 in July to 756,400 in August 2011. The state labor department will release expanded figures for localities next week.