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New York State Loses 18,300 Private Sector Jobs in September
State's Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 8.9 Percent

Albany, NY (October 15, 2009) - In September 2009, the number of seasonally adjusted private sector jobs in New York State decreased by 18,300, or 0.3 percent, to 7,063,300, the State Labor Department reported today. The state's private sector job count has now declined in 12 of the past 13 months. The statewide total nonfarm job count (private plus public sectors) also decreased over the month -- by 81,700, or 0.9 percent, to 8,562,700 -- due to the end of the summer youth employment program.

Between August and September 2009, New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 8.9 percent. In New York City, the rate inched up from 10.2 percent to 10.3 percent over the same period. (Note: The state's rate in August 2009 was revised downward from 9.0 percent to 8.9 percent, while the August rate in New York City was also revised downward -- from 10.3 percent to 10.2 percent.)

"Over the past year, employers in New York State continued to cut jobs at a more modest pace than employers nationwide, while our statewide unemployment rate remained well below the nation's rate in September 2009," said Peter A. Neenan, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

Note: When comparing different months, seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid comparison, for example, August 2009 versus September 2009. Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons of the same month, for example, September 2008 versus September 2009.

1.) Unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted):

New York State's unemployment rate, after seasonal adjustment, was unchanged over the month at 8.9 percent in September 2009. In September 2008, the state's rate was 5.8 percent. The U.S. rate was 9.8 percent in September 2009, up from 9.7 percent in August. In September 2008, the nation's rate was 6.2 percent. New York City's rate increased from 10.2 percent in August 2009 to 10.3 percent in September 2009. In September 2008, the city's rate was 6.0 percent. The rate outside of New York City was unchanged at 8.0 percent in September 2009. In September 2008, the rate outside of New York City was 5.6 percent.

Unemployment Rates* (seasonally adjusted)
 
  September 2009* August 2009 September 2008
New York State 8.9 8.9 5.8
United States 9.8 9.7 6.2
New York City 10.3 10.2 6.0
NYS, excluding NYC 8.0 8.0 5.6
*Data are preliminary and subject to change.

2.) Unemployment Insurance, EUC08 and Extended Benefits data (not seasonally adjusted):

Under the regular Unemployment Insurance (regular UI) program, individuals who are involuntarily unemployed through no fault of their own may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of benefits as long as they remain ready, willing and able to work, and are actively seeking employment. Under the temporary federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program, enacted on June 30, 2008 as part of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, claimants who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular benefits are eligible to receive up to 13 weeks of additional benefits. Federal legislation signed into law on November 21, 2008 added up to 20 more weeks to the original 13 weeks of EUC08 benefits.

State legislation signed into law on May 20, 2009 provides additional weeks of Extended Benefits (EB) for individuals who have exhausted their EUC08 benefits. Currently, up to 20 weeks of EB are available because the State's three-month average seasonally adjusted unemployment rate exceeds 8.0 percent (the thresholds for 13 weeks and 20 weeks of EB are three-month average seasonally adjusted unemployment rates of 6.5 percent and 8.0 percent, respectively). Reference week beneficiaries data for these programs are noted below. (Note: For these programs, the reference week refers to the week containing the 19th day of the month.)

Program and Data Item* September 2009 August 2009 September 2008
Regular UI, reference week beneficiaries
275,612
310,666
146,146
Regular UI, year-to-date beneficiaries
924,385
882,044
567,068
EUC08, reference week beneficiaries
201,395
182,550
92,135
EUC08, year-to-date beneficiaries
431,794
388,548
118,588
Extended UI (EB), reference week beneficiaries
84,360
78,672
NA
Extended UI (EB), year-to-date beneficiaries
103,894
92,157
NA
*Data are preliminary and subject to change.

3.) Job data (seasonally adjusted):

New York State and the nation, August 2009 - September 2009:

The number of private sector jobs in New York State decreased by 18,300, or 0.3 percent, to 7,063,300 in September 2009, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Nationally, the number of private sector jobs decreased by 0.2 percent over the same period. After seasonal adjustment, the number of nonfarm jobs (private plus public sectors) in the state decreased over the month by 81,700, or 0.9 percent, to 8,562,700 in September 2009. Nationally, the number of seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs decreased by 0.2 percent in September.

4.) Nonfarm jobs since September 2008 (not seasonally adjusted):

  Total nonfarm jobs   -236,000
  Private sector jobs   -219,700

Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs (private plus public sectors) in New York State decreased by 236,000, or 2.7 percent, and the number of private sector jobs decreased by 219,700, or 3.0 percent. Nationally, the number of nonfarm jobs decreased by 4.2 percent and the number of private sector jobs decreased by 4.9 percent between September 2008 and September 2009.

Educational and health services (+26,000) was the only major sector to add jobs over the September 2008-September 2009 period, with increases in both health care and social assistance (+19,500) and educational services (+6,500).

Trade, transportation and utilities (-61,800) registered the largest over-the-year drop among declining sectors. Losses in this sector were concentrated in the economically-sensitive wholesale and retail trade industry group (-48,400). The professional and business services sector lost 51,600 jobs over the year with losses greatest in administrative and support services (-29,600), especially employment services (-27,000). Manufacturing lost 42,900 jobs between September 2008 and September 2009 with most losses occurring in durable goods (-32,500), especially fabricated metal manufacturing (-7,100). Financial activities (-33,900) had the next highest number of losses, with the securities industry (-20,100) experiencing the largest decline within that sector. Jobs also decreased over the year in construction, government, information, leisure and hospitality, other services, and natural resources and mining.

Change in Jobs by Sector,
September 2008-September 2009
Sector with Job Gain:
     Educational & Health Services +26,000
 
Sectors with Job Losses:
     Trade, Transportation & Utilities -61,800
     Professional & Business Services -51,600
     Manufacturing -42,900
     Financial Activities -33,900
     Construction -32,900
     Government -16,300
     Information -13,300
     Leisure & Hospitality -7,500
     Other Services -1,600
     Natural Resources & Mining -200

5.) Nonfarm jobs since August 2009 (not seasonally adjusted):

  Total nonfarm jobs   -56,100
  Private sector jobs   -13,400

In September 2009, New York State had 8,571,600 total nonfarm jobs, including 7,104,300 private sector jobs. From August 2009 to September 2009, the number of nonfarm jobs decreased by 56,100 and the number of private sector jobs decreased by 13,400. On average, in the previous ten years, the number of nonfarm jobs in New York increased by 26,100 from August to September, and the number of private sector jobs increased by 8,500.

The not seasonally adjusted job count increased over the month in educational and health services (+47,600) and trade, transportation and utilities (+8,400). The job count decreased over the month in the following sectors: government (-42,700), leisure and hospitality (-30,100), construction (-11,700), professional and business services (-11,500), other services (-8,600), financial activities (-5,000), information (-2,300), manufacturing (-100), and natural resources and mining (-100).

6.) New York State nonfarm job highlights since August 2009 (not seasonally adjusted):

Educational and health services
Most of this sector's over-the-month employment increase occurred at private colleges and universities, reflecting the beginning of the academic year.

Trade, transportation and utilities
This month's increase reflected employment gains in transportation and warehousing, particularly private providers of school bus transportation.

Natural resources and mining
Employment in natural resources and mining dipped slightly in September.

Manufacturing
The over-the-month decline in manufacturing employment was centered in durable goods, especially computer and electronic product manufacturing.

Information
Sector employment losses in September were centered in publishing industries (except Internet).

Financial activities
Overall sector employment decreased over the month with losses occurring in real estate, rental and leasing, and in finance and insurance.

Other services
This sector's over-the-month job loss was centered in religious, grantmaking, civic, professional and similar organizations.

Professional and business services
Over-the-month job losses were largest in professional, scientific and technical services, especially legal services.

Construction
Construction sector employment decreased seasonally in September, particularly in specialty trade contractors.

Leisure and hospitality
Seasonal losses in arts, entertainment and recreation, and in accommodation and food services, contributed to over-the-month job losses in this sector.

Government
The public sector job count decreased between August and September due to reductions at the local government level related to the end of the summer youth employment program.

7.) Metropolitan Areas:

Job Growth and Unemployment Rates (not seasonally adjusted):

Note: All data reported in this section are not seasonally adjusted; the most valid comparisons with this type of data are year-to-year comparisons of the same month, for example, September 2008 versus September 2009.

Albany-Schenectady-Troy: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 15,600, or 3.5 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 10,500, or 3.0 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in September 2009, compared with 7.0 in August and 5.1 in September 2008.

Binghamton: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 3,000, or 2.6 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 3,000, or 3.3 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in September 2009, compared with 8.2 in August and 5.5 in September 2008.

Buffalo-Niagara Falls: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 16,800, or 3.0 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 14,000, or 3.0 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in September 2009, compared with 8.3 in August and 5.9 in September 2008.

Glens Falls: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 2,000, or 3.6 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 1,600, or 3.5 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in September 2009, compared with 6.8 in August and 5.2 in September 2008.

Ithaca: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 600, or 0.9 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 600, or 1.1 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in September 2009, compared with 6.2 in August and 4.4 in September 2008.

Kingston: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 700, or 1.1 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 1,300, or 2.7 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in September 2009, compared with 8.1 in August and 5.8 in September 2008.

Nassau-Suffolk: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 36,300, or 2.9 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 32,800, or 3.1 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in September 2009, compared with 7.3 in August and 5.1 in September 2008.

New York City (five boroughs): Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 108,600, or 2.9 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 111,700, or 3.5 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in September 2009, compared with 10.3 in August and 5.9 in September 2008.

Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 5,600, or 2.2 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 5,900, or 2.9 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September 2009, compared with 8.1 in August and 5.6 in September 2008.

Putnam-Rockland-Westchester: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 10,200, or 1.8 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 7,800, or 1.6 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in September 2009, compared with 7.3 in August and 5.2 in September 2008.

Rochester: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 10,300, or 2.0 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 8,100, or 1.8 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in September 2009, compared with 8.0 in August and 5.7 in September 2008.

Syracuse: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 6,500, or 2.0 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 6,500, or 2.4 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in September 2009, compared with 7.9 in August and 5.7 in September 2008.

Utica-Rome: Since September 2008, the number of nonfarm jobs has decreased by 1,900, or 1.4 percent, and the number of private sector jobs has decreased by 2,500, or 2.5 percent. The area's unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in September 2009, compared with 7.1 in August and 5.5 in September 2008.

Note: Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, for New York and every other state are based on statistical regression models specified by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs data for New York are obtained from a survey of 18,000 business establishments. Jobs data exclude agricultural workers, the self-employed, unpaid family workers and domestic workers in private households.

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