Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Local unemployment remained flat last month, according to figures released Tuesday from the state labor department.
The City of Lockport’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 7.7 percent for June, from 7.6 percent in May but less than the 8.7 percent a year ago. A reported 800 residents were out of work last month and May, less than the reported 900 in June 2012.
For Niagara County, unemployment remained at the same 7.4 percent in June as it did in May, down from 8.6 percent a year ago. Roughly 8,200 were without a job last month, up from 8,100 in May but below the 9,600 reported jobless one year ago.
The state’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent for June, up slightly from the 7.4 percent reported for May but lower than 8.7 percent New York saw for June 2012. The number of New Yorkers without a job was 734,500 in June, up from 706,300 in May but down from 841,100 in June 2012.
As a whole, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region added 4,000 jobs in June. The total of 556,300 jobs was a 0.7 percent increase from June 2012, a welcome sign for the job market. John Slenker, a labor market analyst, said the growth, albeit small, is still growth.
Warmer, drier weather tends to encrouage employment in construction, as well as leisure and hospitality, Slenker said.
“We’re up 4,000 jobs,” he said. “If we see seasonal growth, that would be nice.”
The national unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in June, with 12.2 million out of work, up from 7.3 percent and 11.3 million in May, but down from 8.4 percent and 13.1 million in June 2012.
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