The region added 400 private sector jobs that month, a 0.15 percent increase, compared to the same time last year.
Statewide, New York added 14,600 private sector jobs, in January, and the state has experienced employment growth in 53 of the past 61 months.
In addition, the state’s unemployment rate also decreased from 5 percent in December 2015, to 4.9 percent in January 2016, which matches the national unemployment rate, according to the labor department.
“New York State’s upward trend in private sector jobs continued in January 2016, as we reached a new record high,” Bohdan Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics, stated. “Moreover, our statewide unemployment rate is now at pre-recession levels.”
The Buffalo-Niagara Falls region also gained 2,200 private sector and government jobs during the same time period, and the Utica-Rome area gained 1,200.
Rochester lost 800 private sector and government jobs in January, and, according to the data,was the only metro area to experience a decrease in job growth that month. Elmira’s job growth remained flat, with zero gains in private sector and government jobs in January.
Visit http://labor.ny.gov/stats/pressreleases/pruistat.shtm to view the labor department’s full report.