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March 12, 2014

Jobless rate creeps up in city

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Unemployment in the City of Lockport rose in January, but the numbers are lower when compared to a year ago. In fact, January was the best January the city, county and state have had since 2008.

The state Labor Department said roughly 1,000 residents were unemployed in January, an increase from the 900 the state reported in December but lower than the 1,100 who were without a job a year ago.

Lockport’s unemployment rate was 9 percent, up from the 8.1 percent reported in December but lower than the 10.6 percent from January 2013.

The city’s unemployment rate was the lowest January figure since 2008, the state labor department said.

Tuesday’s report comes a few days after the department said the Buffalo Niagara Falls area added 3,700 jobs, a .7 percent increase, during the 12 months since January 2013. The percentage was within the range of growth the Buffalo Niagara Falls area has typically seen each month for the past few years.

But as long as that growth is over .5 percent, it’s a good sign, said John Slenker, a labor market analyst.

“We’re still growing,” he said.

In Niagara County, 9,100 were unemployed in January, up from 7,900 in December but lower than the 11,300 reported in January 2013. The county’s unemployment rate followed suit, as the labor department reported an 8.3 percent rate for the month, up from 7.3 percent in December but lower than the 10.2 percent from a year ago.

New York’s unemployment rate decreased from 7 percent to 6.8 percent in January, its lowest level since December 2008. It was 8.1 percent a year ago. The number of unemployed New Yorkers also decreased over the month from 668,100 in December to 649,500 in January, also its lowest level since December 2008.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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