Southern Tier loses 29,800 private-sector jobs in April
Steuben County’s private sector job count fell by nearly 4,000 positions between March and April and by 16 percent — roughly 4,800 jobs —when compared to April 2019, the New York state Department of Labor reported late last week.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the New York on Pause business and school closings could be seen throughout the region and New York state, which experienced the largest monthly increase in the jobless rate since current record keeping began more than 40 years ago.
Southern Tier Region
The Southern Tier lost 29,800 private sector jobs between March and April, the Department of Labor said, while the 12-month drop was 36,600 positions.
According to its Labor Market Profile, the Southern Tier’s service sector took the biggest hit, shedding 28,100 jobs between March and April to fall to 207,600 positions still occupied by workers. When compared to 12 months ago, the April service-providing total was down by 33,400 jobs.
The leisure and hospitality industry lost nearly half its jobs, falling by 43 percent over the month and 48 percent from a year ago to come in at 12,800 positions in April.
In Steuben County, April’s non-farm job count was 33,100 — a decrease of 4,200 from March and 5,200 from April 2019.
Steuben County’s private-sector job total for April was 25,100 compared to 29,000 in March and 29,900 last April. Private service-providing jobs totaled 20,000 for Steuben County in April — a 14.5 percent fall from March and a 17 percent decrease from April 2019.
Nearly every jobs sector was impacted, with double digit percentage drops in education and health services, leisure/hospitality and manufacturing.
Turning to Allegany County, part of the Western New York Region, non-farm job totals fell from 15,500 in March to 13,400 in April — a 13.5 percent decline.
Allegany County’s private sector job total dipped below 10,000 last month, falling from 11,000 in March to 9,000 in April, according to the Department of Labor report. Allegany County lost 1,900 service sector jobs between March and April, while the manufacturing sector declined by 200 positions over the month.
Allegany County’s leisure and hospitality sector was decimated, according to the labor department, with industry jobs falling by 56.3 percent in April to a total of only 700 positions filled during the month.
The April unemployment rates for counties and regions were scheduled to be released late today.
Meanwhile, the New York state seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4.1 to 14.5 percent in April. This change (+10.4 percentage points) was the state’s largest recorded monthly increase since current record keeping began in 1976, the Department of Labor said.
The federal government calculates New York state’s unemployment rate based partly upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in the state each month.
In addition, the number of unemployed state residents increased by 931,600, while the labor force dropped by 307,600 – both monthly records.
According to the preliminary results from the U.S. Department of Labor’s business and household surveys for April, the number of private sector jobs in New York state decreased over the month by 1,764,600, or 21.4 percent, to 6,467,600. This was the state’s largest monthly employment drop on record.
Just under one-third of the monthly jobs decline occurred in leisure and hospitality (-577,700), mostly in accommodation and food services (-471,400).