BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — February unemployment stayed at the same level as January in the city of Lockport, the state labor department reported Tuesday.
The city’s unemployment rate remained flat at 11 percent with roughly 1,200 people jobless in both January and February. Those numbers are higher than the reported 10.5 percent and 1,100 unemployed residents from February 2012.
Niagara County’s unemployment rate for February was 10.3 percent, a slight improvement from January’s 10.6 percent, but higher than the 10.1 percent reported a year ago. About 11,500 county residents were without a job in February, down from the 11,800 reported in January, but up from the 11,200 reported in February 2012.
Tuesday’s numbers come after the state labor department reported the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region added 1,200 jobs over the past 12 months and 3,000 private sector jobs. Drops in manufacturing and construction offset the success in the service sector hiring locally. In the Buffalo Niagara Falls region, 500 jobs were lost in manufacturing since February 2012 and 800 in construction.
Other sectors are getting into a more normal trend, said labor market analyst John Slenker.
”The rest of the economy is looking the way it should be, coming out of a recession,” he said.
New York’s unemployment rate remained at 8.4 percent in February, as 843,600 residents were unemployed in February. That was lower than the reported 896,400 in January and the 873,000 reported 12 months ago.
Nationwide, 12.5 million were jobless in February, a rate of 8.1 percent. That was better than the 13.1 million reported unemployed in January, with an 8.5 percent rate, as well as the 13.4 million and 8.7 percent rate reported in February 2012.
Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.