Steuben County saw a modest improvement on the jobs front last month, while neighboring Allegany County residents with jobs in June fell by 5 percent.

Steuben County saw a modest improvement on the jobs front last month, while neighboring Allegany County residents with jobs in June fell by 5 percent.


The number of people holding non-farm jobs in Steuben County rose to 39,200 in June, up from 38,700 in May, according to the Labor Department. The job picture was essentially unchanged from a year ago, when the number of residents holding jobs was 39,100.


Meanwhile, New York State's economy added 15,400 private sector jobs in June, the State Labor Department reported last week. The U.S. economy as a whole saw job gains of 84,000 last month and an 8.2 percent unemployment rate.


"The state's private sector employers continued to add jobs in June," said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics. "The latest job statistics show that while New York has regained all of the private sector jobs it lost during the state's recession, the U.S. has only recouped 42 percent of its lost jobs."


The state's unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in June, up from 8.6 percent in May and 8.2 a year ago. State labor analysts attribute the increase to growth in the size of the Empire State's workforce.


Statewide, job gains were reported in manufacturing, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality. Public employment saw a loss of 11,000 jobs in June.