Modest Hiring In April Jobs Numbers

May 16, 2013

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New numbers from the New York State Labor Department show some modest job growth in the Rochester area in April. There was a gain of 1700 private sector jobs compared to April of last year. State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says some of those gains came from the private education and health care sectors.

She also says seasonal hiring was stronger than it usually is for April. Marino says the employment level for the Rochester Metro in April was the highest it has been for that month since 2008.

But weakness in the manufacturing sector offset some of those jobs gains. Statewide, the unemployment rate in April stood at 7.8 percent. That was down from 8.2 percent in March, and 8.6 percent in April of last year. 

The Rochester unemployment rate will be released next week.