Step Back for Private-Sector Employment in Buffalo

October 19, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM EDT

By WKBW News

October 19, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The slowdown continued in September for employment in the Buffalo Niagara region.

The state Department of Labor said Thursday the private-sector job count for the month fell by 0.1 percent, or 300 jobs, compared to the same month last year.

Gains in the manufacturing and education and health services sectors could not overcome declines in financial activities, waste management and remedial services, and leisure and hospitality.

As the Buffalo market took a fall in private-sector employment, Rochester increased by 2.1 percent, or 8,900 jobs, in the year-over-year period.

Overall, in September 2012, New York state added 2,900 private sector jobs, bringing the state's job count to an all-time high of 7,337,000, the labor department said.

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