Employment Rises In The Latest Rochester Numbers

Apr 17, 2014

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The latest numbers out from the New York State Labor Department show continued modest growth in jobs in the Rochester area.

There was a gain of 2900 private sector jobs in March compared to March of last year.  State Labor Analyst John Slenker says the parts of the local economy that saw gains include financial services, private education and health care, leisure and hospitality.

He says one part of the economy that saw a job loss was construction, but that's not a surprise given the weather.

"One of the the things that we've noticed is there was a very mild March last year in terms of weather and temperature and this year not so much; and I think we'll end up seeing  some stronger construction numbers the farther we get into spring."

Overall, Slenker says the steady growth in jobs, even if it's involved modest gains, is a positive sign.

Slenker says the number of private education and health care jobs in this area now total nearly 122,000 which is an all-time high.

The statewide unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, down a point from last year. The Rochester unemployment numbers will be out next week.