Erie and Niagara counties added 1,200 jobs in April, but the total number was still below the job level in April 1992.
Statistics released by the State Department of Labor estimate there were 521,500 jobs in the two-county area last month. That represents a drop of 0.4 percent from the 523,400 jobs reported 12 months before.
Nevertheless, it is 1,200 more than the local March total.
Over the year, only the Albany metropolitan and the Utica-Rome areas experienced job growth. Albany led the state with 1 percent job growth.
The state as a whole lost 47,400 jobs, a 0.6 percent decrease. The New York City area alone lost 45,000 jobs, a 1.2 percent decrease. Poughkeepsie had the biggest percentage loss: 4.7 percent.
Glens Falls had the largest percentage job gain from mid-March to mid-April -- 0.9 percent. Rochester was second with a 0.8 percent gain.