More private-sector labor gains for Buffalo

November 18, 2011 Updated Nov 18, 2011 at 8:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News

November 18, 2011 Updated Nov 18, 2011 at 8:12 AM EDT

Business First

Private-sector employment in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metro area increased by 2,200, or 0.5 percent over the 12 months ending October 2011, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

There were to 453,600 filled positions in the private sector last month compared to 451,400 a year ago.

The monthly compilation showed the increases were centered in natural resources, mining and construction - up 3,600, and professional and business services, which increased by 600 positions. Losses were greatest in trade, transportation and utilities, down by 600, followed by government and financial activities, with each sector down by 400 jobs.

Total nonfarm employment stood at 549,700 jobs, up 1,800, or 0.3 percent from October 2010.

Rochester saw private-sector job gains of 7,900, or 1.8 percent, year-over-year. Private-sector employment was at 438,400 last month compared to 430,500 in October 2010.

Total nonfarm employment in that metropolitan area was 521,000, up 7,700, or 1.5 percent from 513,300 last year.

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