July jobs report: Rochester lost most private sector, government jobs in NYS

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - In July, Rochester was just one of two metro areas in New York State that lost private sector and government jobs, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the New York State Department of Labor. 

Rochester's loss of 1,900 jobs, a 0.4 percent decline from July 2016 to July 2017, was the largest in the state. Elmira lost 500 jobs in the same time period, reporting a 1.4 percent decline, the second largest decline in the state. Thirteen other metro areas reported gains.

Meanwhile, the state overall reported a 0.2 percent rise in private sector employment.

In July 2017, New York’s statewide unemployment rate increased from 4.5% to 4.7%.

The Rochester area includes Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne Counties. 

The State’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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