Jobs up from previous month, state labor statistics show

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The Utica-Rome area lost about 9,800 jobs, or 7.7%, in September compared to the same month a year earlier, according to the state Labor Department, but the state gained 75,300 private-sector jobs, or about 1%, from the previous month, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted figures.

The Labor Department said this month-to-month growth outpaced the national private-sector job figure of 0.7%. State total non-farm jobs including government increased about 1.3%.

The decline in non-farm private sector and government jobs in the region was less than that of New York state overall, which saw a decrease of about 11% year-to-year, or 1.07 million jobs, as the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to control it affected the economy.

Total private sector jobs in the region were down by about 8,000, or 8.3%, year-to-year, and about 12% down statewide, the statistics showed.

Financial activities, gaining about 100 jobs, was the only sector with growth over-the-year.
Job losses were in education and health services (-3,300), government (-1,800), leisure and hospitality (-1,600), professional and business services (-800), manufacturing (-700), natural resources, mining, and construction (-700), trade, transportation, and utilities (-500), other services (-400), and information (-100).

All regions in New York saw job losses year-to-year. Rates higher than Oneida County were in New York City, down 13%; Orange-Rockland-Westchester, Rochester, Syracuse, and Glens Falls, each down about 10%; Watertown-Fort Drum, down about 9%; and Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, Dutchess-Putnam and Nassau-Suffolk, each down about 8%. Lower rates of loss were in Ithaca at 4%; Kingston, 5%; and Elmira, 4%.

The number of private sector jobs in New York State is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York businesses conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Monthly payroll employment estimates are preliminary and subject to revision as more complete data become available the following month.

Losses were in all major economic sectors, according to the Labor Department.

Within the leisure and hospitality sector, job losses were greatest in accommodation and food services (-283,400), especially food services and drinking places (-223,100).

Within the trade, transportation and utilities sector, job losses were focused in retail trade (-91,900), especially clothing and clothing accessories stores (-44,800).

Within the professional and business services sector, job losses were concentrated in administrative and support services (-97,300) and professional, scientific and technical services (-40,700).

The state seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, calculated partly upon the results of a monthly survey of approximately 3,100 households, decreased from 12.5% to 9.7% in September as the number of unemployed New York State residents decreased by 302,000, while labor force levels decreased by 362,900.

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