Steuben Co. adds 200 jobs over 12-month period

New York State saw tepid job growth in July with employers adding just 1,800 private sector jobs during the month, nearly 5,000 less than the initial reports for June, according to Department of Labor data released late last week.

Despite the negligible private-sector job growth, the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment figure remained at 4 percent in July, the third consecutive month it has been at that rate, the Department of Labor noted.

The unemployment rates remained unchanged in New York City at 4.3 percent and outside of New York City at 3.7 percent in July 2019.

Additionally, the labor department said the number of unemployed New York State residents dipped slightly over the month, from 379,200 in June to 377,800 in July.

Jobless rates for the state’s 62 counties and 10 regions will be released on Aug. 20. Steuben County jobless numbers have fallen to historic low levels throughout 2019, including June’s 3.7 percent rate.

According to the Democratic Cuomo administration, since the beginning of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s tenure, New York’s economy has added 1,182,200 private sector jobs. The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 state employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The federal government calculates New York State’s unemployment based partly on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households every month.

“The New York State economy continued to grow in July 2019 as it added 1,800 private sector jobs. In addition, the statewide unemployment rate remained at 4 percent in July 2019,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

In addition to the statewide jobless number, the labor department on Aug. 15 released Labor Market Profiles for each of the state’s 62 counties.

Steuben County Labor Market Profile

The county had 38,200 non-farm jobs in July, according to the state report, compared 38,100 12 months ago.

There were 31,300 private sector jobs in Steuben last month, 200 more than July 2018.

There were a couple of industry sectors that experienced 12-month gains, but most categories showed no changes. The Professional and Business Services sector employed 6,800 workers last month, 100 more than a year ago, and Health Services also reported 100 more jobs in July 2019 than July 2018, with 5,900 positions filled in the county.

Government jobs in Steuben County fell by 1,000 between June and July, a 12 percent drop, as employees of public schools and colleges went on summer break. The total number of government workers in July was 6,900, compared to 7,900 in June. That’s similar to July 2018 when the county had 7,000 government jobs for the month.

Southern Tier Region Labor Market Profile

Total non-farm jobs for July numbered 282,000, a net gain of 1,600 positions over 12 months previously.

The number of private sector jobs also went up between July 2018 and July 2019, with 230,200 last month, 1,700 more than a year ago.

The Southern Tier Region’s government job count fell by nearly seven percent between June and July, with 51,800 positions reported for July compared to 55,600 in June. There was little change over the 12-month period in the number of government jobs.

Allegany County Labor Market Profile

The county’s total non-farm job count fell by 200 between July 2018 and July 2019, coming in at 14,600 last month. The number of jobs in the county’s private sector was unchanged over the year, remaining at 10,300, the labor department reported.

Government jobs in Allegany County declined by 4.4 percent between last July and this July, going from 4,500 a year ago to 4,300 last month.

When the new unemployment rates come out next week, Allegany County will look to improve on June’s 4.7 percent jobless figure.