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August 21, 2013

City jobless rate up

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Local unemployment rose slightly last month, according to figures released Tuesday from the state labor department.

The City of Lockport’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.3 percent for July from 7.7 percent in June but less than the 10 percent reported a year ago. A reported 900 residents were out of work last month, more than the 800 reported for June, but less than the reported 1,100 in July 2012.

For Niagara County, unemployment rose to 7.8 percent in July, up from 7.4 percent in June but down from the 9.3 percent from a year ago. Roughly 8,700 people were without a job in July, up from the 8,200 who were unemployed in June but below the 10,500 reported jobless one year ago.

The state’s unemployment rate remained flat at 7.5 percent, lower than 8.9 percent New York saw for July 2012. The number of New Yorkers without a job was 743,800 in July, up from 734,300 in June but down from 871,000 in July 2012.

The Buffalo-Niagara Falls region added 6,600 jobs over the past 12 months, a 1.2 percent increase, according to numbers released last week by the state labor department. The region’s 7.4 percent unemployment rate was the lowest in five years.

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

“The area continues to improve,” said John Slenker, a labor market analyst. “The private sector is pulling us, which is a good sign.”

The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in July, slightly better than the 7.8 percent reported in June. A reported 12 million were out of work last month, better than the 12.2 million reported jobless in June. One year ago, the country had an 8.6 percent unemployment rate with 13.4 million out of work.

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

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