On The Decline

The county’s unemployment rate fell by .7 percent in April.

The rate in April was 8.1 percent, which is the same level it was at in April 2012, according to the state Labor Department.

Several job sectors increased in employees in April when compared to March. Natural Resources, mining and construction; manufacturing; education and health services; and other services all increased by 100 employees. The employee increase for natural resources, mining and construction had the highest percentage jump of 5.3 percent.

Job sectors losing employees in the county included leisure and hospitality and government. Government dropped by 400 employees, and leisure and hospitality lowered by 300 employees.

The New York state economy added 23,800 private sector jobs, for a growth rate of .3 percent, in April. As a result, New York reached an all-time high private sector job count of 7,452,100. 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.

Between March and April, New York state’s unemployment rate fell from 8.2 to 7.8 percent, its lowest level since March 2009. In addition, the number of unemployed state residents fell by 35,700 to 748,500. 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.

”The New York state economy continued on its upward trend in April 2013,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, state Division of Research and Statistics deputy director. ”We saw our seasonally adjusted private sector job count grow by 23,800, or .3 percent, to 7,452,100, an all-time high. Accompanying this job growth was a drop in the state’s unemployment rate, which declined over the month from 8.2 to 7.8 percent.”

Private educational and health services added the most jobs, 43,100, of any industry sector during the past year. Professional and business services had the second largest increase in jobs with 39,900.

During the past year, government lost more jobs than any other sector in the state, dropping by 16,200. The manufacturing sector decreased by 11,300 jobs during the last year.