Tonawanda News

April 19, 2013

Private sector jobs rise in N.Y.

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — New York added 14,100 private sector jobs in March, according to the latest state Department of Labor statistics, while the Buffalo Niagara region made up 1,400 of those based on a recent federal payroll survey. 

The release of the employment figures comes at a time when state officials say the private sector job count is at an all-time high across the state, with 7,426,100 jobs in total. 

The increase of 1,400 jobs in Erie and Niagara counties represents a 0.3 percent increase, though it does not include agricultural employment, which would add another 1,800 jobs to the area’s portfolio and bump its increase to 0.7 percent.  

And while the statewide unemployment rate fell from 8.4 percent to 8.2 percent from February to March, New York City decreased from 9.1 percent to 8.9 percent. Unemployment outside New York City now stands at 7.7 percent. The federal government calculates New York’s unemployment rate partly based upon the results of a monthly telephone survey of 3,100 households in the state conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“This trend of job growth is underscored by the revised numbers for February 2013, which show more strength than originally reported,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, deputy director of the state Division of Research and Statistics.

During the past year, government jobs were slashed by 17,200, more than any other sector, according to the the report, while the manufacturing sector lost 13,500 employees. 

Monthly employment estimates are provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, and are considered preliminary as more information becomes available the following month, according to Wynnyk.