Preliminary figures from the state Labor Department show the state's unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 7.6 percent -- in part because of the state's expanding labor force. The state says more New Yorkers had confidence about finding a job.
New York State has added nearly 127,000 private sector jobs in the last 12 months, but Rochester had a net loss of 800 during that time and was the only metropolitan area in the state with a loss.
The state economy added 22,700 private sector jobs in August, for a growth rate of 0.3 percent. By way of comparison, the nation's private sector job count grew by 0.1 percent in August.