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Report: Syracuse, Binghamton lost 1,200 jobs in past 12 months, other CNY regions add jobs in same period

The Syracuse and Binghamton regions lost jobs in the past 12 months, while the Utica–Rome, Watertown–Fort Drum, and Ithaca regions gained jobs in the same time period.

That’s according to the latest monthly employment report that the New York State Department of Labor issued on Thursday.

The Syracuse region lost 1,200 jobs between August 2015 and this past August, a decrease of 0.4 percent.

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The Binghamton region also lost 1,200 jobs, or 1.2 percent, in the same time period.

The Utica–Rome metro region added 100 jobs between August 2015 and this past August, an increase of 0.1 percent.

The Watertown–Fort Drum region added 700 jobs in the past 12 months, an increase of 1.6 percent.

The Ithaca region gained 1,100 jobs in the same 12-month time period, an increase of 1.6 percent.

New York state as a whole gained more than 125,000 jobs, an increase of 1.4 percent, in the last year. The state economy lost more than 11,000 jobs between July and August, a decrease of 0.1 percent.

Private-sector jobs
The Syracuse region lost 1,200 private-sector jobs between August 2015 and this past August, a decrease of 0.5 percent, according to the state Labor Department data.

The Binghamton region lost 1,000 private-sector jobs, a decrease of 1.2 percent.

The Utica–Rome area added 400 private-sector positions, a gain of 0.4 percent.

The Watertown-Fort Drum region also gained 800 private-sector positions, representing an increase of 2.5 percent in the last 12 months, according to the report.

The Ithaca area gained 1,300 private-sector positions between August 2015 and this past August, an increase of 2.2 percent.

New York state’s economy added more than 120,000 private-sector jobs, a 1.5 percent increase in the last 12 months, with most of those positions located Downstate.

The state also lost more than 12,000 private-sector jobs, a 0.2 percent decrease, between July and August, the state Labor Department reported.

The state’s private-sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York state employers that the U.S. Department of Labor conducts.

New York state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in August from 4.7 percent in July, the department said in its news release. The 4.8 percent unemployment rate was below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.9 percent in August.

The August figure of 4.8 percent is also down from 5.0 percent in August 2015, according to department figures.

The federal government calculates New York’s unemployment rate partly based upon the results of a monthly telephone survey of 3,100 state households that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics conducts.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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