County Unemployment Rate Decreases

The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County fell by .8 percent in March, and is now lower than where it was last year.

The unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in the county last month, that is .1 percent less than it was in March 2012, according to the state Labor Department.

No job sectors in the county had a decrease or increase in employment in March. For the last year, government and other services job sectors were both up by 100 jobs. Other services’ increase was a 3.1 percent gain and government’s rose by .9 percent. For the last year, manufacturing decreased by 100 positions, which was a 1 percent drop.

The New York state economy added 14,100 private sector jobs in March. The job growth resulted in New York reaching an all-time high private sector job count of 7,426,100. The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Labor Department.

Further, New York state’s unemployment rate fell from 8.4 to 8.2 percent between February and March. The federal government calculates New York’s unemployment rate partly based upon the results of a monthly telephone survey of 3,100 households in the state conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“In March, the New York state economy improved as our seasonally adjusted private sector job count grew by 14,100, or .2 percent, to 7,426,100, an all-time high,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, state Division of Research and Statistics deputy director. “In addition, New York state’s unemployment rate declined over the month from 8.4 to 8.2 percent. This trend of job growth is underscored by the revised numbers for February 2013, which show more strength than originally reported.”

State job sectors with the largest increase in employment during the last year was educational and health services, rising by 35,800. Professional and business services had the second largest increase, jumping by 32,600.

During the past year, government lost the most jobs, lowering by 17,200. The manufacturing sector lost 13,500 during the last year.