Syracuse area added private-sector jobs in January
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse.com reported the Syracuse Metropolitan Statistical Area of Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties added 400 private-sector jobs from January 2015 to January 2016, a 0.15 percent increase. The number of total non-farm jobs in the region grew by 1,000 over the year to 310,700, or a 0.3 percent increase.
Overall, New York added 120,600 non-farm jobs over the year in January, a 1.3 percent increase. New York has added jobs in 53 of the last 61 months, the labor department said.
The nation as a whole added 2.6 million jobs over the year in January, posting a 1.9 percent increase.
The statewide unemployment rate decreased from 5 percent in December, to 4.9 percent in January, matching the national unemployment rate for the month.
The Syracuse area saw the largest job increases in manufacturing, trade-transportation-utilities and in the leisure- hospitality sectors. Overall, these sectors added 4,600 jobs over the year.