WNY Unemployment Rate Drops

October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/BIZ FIRST) - Western New York's two biggest labor markets - Buffalo and Rochester - added private-sector jobs in September compared to a year ago as the unemployment rate in each city fell.

Buffalo picked up 800 positions in the private sector, a gain of 0.2 percent, and Rochester tacked on 600 in that category, up 0.1 percent.

The bad news was the overall job market in Buffalo declined year-over-year. Buffalo's nonfarm (private and public employment combined) job count fell by 1,800, or 0.3 percent. That figure from the state Department of Labor was likely influenced by a number of retirements in the public sector based on early-retirement incentives.

The unemployment rate for the Buffalo area dropped to 7.5 percent compared to 8.1 in September 2009.

Rochester's nonfarm job count was flat, with only 100 fewer positions than the previous year. Unemployment there was down to 7.4 percent from 7.9 percent in the comparable period.

New York state lost 15,600 private sector jobs, or 0.2 percent, in September, according to the monthly report. The total nonfarm job count in New York also decreased in September 2010, falling by 37,600, or 0.4 percent.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3 percent between August and September 2010. The number of unemployed New York State residents dropped slightly, from 800,600 in August to 798,900 in September 2010. The statewide labor force rose by 10,300 over this period.

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