Once again private-sector job growth was evident in Western New York last month, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.
The Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area picked up 9,200 jobs, up 2.1 percent, in the past 12 months. Rochester had an even bigger gain of 12,400 jobs, or an increase of 2.9 percent.
A continued decline in government jobs reduced the overall increases in both areas. Nonfarm job growth year-over-year was 7,300, or 1.3 percent, for the Buffalo metro and 10,700, or 2.1 percent, in Rochester.
The labor department's monthly report showed New York state's economy gained 13,600 private-sector jobs, or 0.2 percent. Nonfarm job growth, impacted by a reduction in government cuts, was 52,600 or 0.6 percent. The state's government employment base has shrunk by 61,000 positions in the past year.