County Jobs Up Slightly

The percentage of nonfarm jobs in Chautauqua County was .4 percent higher in May than it was a year earlier.

According to the state Labor Department, Chautauqua County had 53,600 nonfarm jobs in May 2013 and 53,800 nonfarm jobs this year – a difference of 200. By comparison, New York state had 8,960,600 nonfarm jobs in May 2013 and 9,061,300 nonfarm jobs this year. That is a net change of 100,700 or 1.1 percent.

The state’s private sector job count grew by 21,300 or .3 percent in May 2014. This marked New York’s 18th consecutive month with private sector job growth, the state’s longest streak on record since at least 1990. New York remains one of only 17 states that has regained all of the private sector jobs lost during the recession.

The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“New York state’s economy continued to grow in May as it added 21,300 private sector jobs, reaching a new all-time high and outpacing job growth nationwide. This marked the 18th consecutive month of private sector employment gains. Our state jobless rate remained at 6.7 percent, its lowest level since late 2008,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

The job sector with the largest increase in employment from year to year was in educational and health services, which added 36,300 more jobs. Five other job sectors also increased in employment: professional and business services added 30,100 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities added 23,200 jobs; leisure and hospitality added 15,900 jobs; construction added 9,100 jobs; and other services added 4,000 jobs.

Four job sectors decreased in the number of employees. Manufacturing lost 7,700 jobs, government lost 5,800 jobs, financial activities lost 3,200 jobs and information lost 1,200 jobs.