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Private Sector Job Growth Sees Solid Gains In August

 Downtown Rochester skyline view.
Max Schulte
Downtown Rochester skyline view.

The Rochester area saw another month of job growth in August.

New numbers from the state labor department show that this region added more than 10,000 private sector jobs compared to August of a year ago.

State labor analyst Tammy Marino says it was a relatively broad-based increase in local employment.

"Now some of that expansion can be attributed to seasonal hiring, however, we also had some very strong hiring in a number of other key sectors including healthcare, education and professional and technical as well."

Marino says one weak spot was manufacturing, which saw layoffs pick up in June, July and August.

Overall, Marino says the Rochester has seen an increase of 18,000 private sector jobs since January, 5,000 more than the same period last year.

Private sector employment in August was at its highest level in more than a decade.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.