Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

August 16, 2013

Region adds jobs

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Buffalo-Niagara Falls region added 6,600 jobs over the past 12 months, a 1.2 percent increase, according to numbers released Thursday by the state labor department.

The local area also added 8,200 private sector jobs, a 1.8 percent increase, over the same time period.

Those results came close to what the rest of the state and country saw over the past year. New York added 119,800 jobs, a 1.4 percent increase, with 129,300 were added in the private sector, a 1.8 percent increase. The rest of the country added just under 2.3 million jobs, a 1.7 percent increase, while the national private sector grew by over 2.3 million jobs, a 2.1 percent increase.

John Slenker, a labor market analyst, said the service industries led the way locally in job growth by adding 8,100 jobs.

”But there is a little weakness in manufacturing and construction when compared to last year,” he said. “But last year was a very good year for construction.”

Compared to last year, manufacturing lost 900 jobs locally, while construction is down 600 jobs. 

Across the state, private educational and health services added the most jobs of any industry sector over the past year, with 37,000 new positions. Sector employment gains were centered in health care and social assistance (25,000), especially ambulatory health care services (13,800.)

Over the past year, manufacturing lost more jobs (-15,800) than any other sector in the state, losing 15,800 jobs. Manufacturing sector job losses were greatest in durable goods (8,800), especially computer and electronic products (2,400) and transportation equipment (2,000.)

The labor department said there were 311,832 people - including 286,240 who live in the state - who received unemployment benefits as of July 12. In addition, the number of unemployed state residents fell over the month by 3,100 to 717,700.

New York state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.5 percent, remaining at its lowest level since February 2009, according to the state department of labor. Outside of New York City, the rate dropped to 6.8 percent.

”The New York state economy has continued to improve over the past year,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

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