There was another round of steady increases in employment in the Buffalo metropolitan area in April.
The market tacked on 6,800 jobs, in the private sector compared to a year ago, a growth rate of or 1.5 percent. Nonfarm jobs, including the public sector, rose by 7,100, or 1.3 percent, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.
Service plus health and education-related jobs were the industries that led hiring in the past year in the two county region comprising of Erie and Niagara.
Other Upstate metro areas also had employment gains year-over-year. Rochester boosted its private-sector job count by 4,700, or 1.0 percent. Syracuse was up 2,600, or 1.0 percent. Albany added 3,200 private positions, or 0.9 percent.
New York state’s private job count is at 8.15 million, an all-time high, according to the preliminary figures.
The statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.6 percent in April, matching its lowest level since July 2007.
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.