Local job count falls by 900, state statistics show


The local job count fell by 900 during the 12-month period ending with May, according to new statistics from the state Department of Labor.

For the 12-month period, the non-agricultural job count in the Utica-Rome metro area fell 900 — 0.7 percent — to 127,300. Private sector employment was down 200 — 0.2 percent — to 96,400.

Job gains occurred in financial activities (+100), leisure and hospitality (+100), natural resources, mining and construction (+100), and other services (+100).

Job losses were posted in government (-700), education and health services (-500), and information (-100). In government, losses primarily occurred in local government education (-500).

The state will release unemployment rate data for May next week.

The Utica-Rome metro area’s rate decreased from 6 percent in March to 5.3 percent in April. The rate is expected to decrease in May, as it has eight times in the past decade, due in part to an uptick in construction and hospitality jobs. The other two times it was unchanged from April to May.


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