December industry reports shows manufacturing gains in Steuben

New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.7 to 4.6 percent in December, according to figures released late last week by the New York State Department of Labor.

The jobless rate drop “was due, in part, to a decrease in the number of unemployed,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

“Additionally, the state’s economy has added 111,700 private sector jobs over the past year,” Wynnyk added.

The state’s economy has experienced employment growth in 69 of the past 84 months, the labor department said.

The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The December jobless rates for the state’s 62 counties will be reported by the Department of Labor on Tuesday. Steuben County had a 5.9 percent unemployment rate in November. The unemployment rate for Allegany County in November was 6.5 percent. The unemployment figures released Tuesday will close the books once and for all on 2017.

Steuben County’s Labor Market Profile, which is released ahead of unemployment rates, showed some increased strength in the manufacturing sector. According to the labor department, there were 5,800 Goods Producing jobs in December, which is 100 more than November. The 5,200 Manufacturing positions in December were also 100 better than November’s industry report.

But the industry gains in goods producing and manufacturing were offset by a 300-job drop in Service Providing positions, which were at 32,300 in December after there were 32,600 such jobs in Steuben County for November.

Overall for Steuben County, there were 38,100 nonfarm jobs in December, 29,600 private sector positions and 8,500 government jobs.

The Southern Tier Region had 287,200 nonfarm jobs in December. There were 229,300 private sector jobs in the region, and 57,900 government jobs. There were only marginal difference from the November report, and few significant increases or decreases from December 2017.