The local job count fell by 1,600 for the 12-month period ending in March, according to new statistics from the state Labor Department.
The Utica-Rome metro area’s non-agricultural job count fell 1,600 — 1.3 percent — to 124,700.
Private sector employment dropped by 600 — 0.6 percent — to 94,100.
Job gains occurred in financial activities (+100), leisure and hospitality (+100), professional and business services (+100), and trade, transportation and utilities (+100).
Job losses were posted in government (-1,000), education and health services (-700), manufacturing (-200), and information (-100).
In government, losses primarily occurred in local government education (-600).
The state is expected to release its data for unemployment rates in the middle of next week.
The local unemployment rate 6.6 percent in February.
The rate has decreased from February to March every time in the past 10 years.
However, “this trend may be interrupted by the inclement weather, including three nor’easter storms that blanketed the Mohawk Valley region with snow,” noted Brion C. Acton, associate economist in the Labor Department.