For the third month in a row, the Buffalo Niagara region posted record-high private sector job growth, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor.
The region added 4,400 jobs in July, growing the region’s number of total nonfarm jobs to 560,700. That’s an increase of just less than 1 percent, making this the healthiest July on record since the government began tracking the statistic in 1990.
“The metro area has added more private sector jobs over the past year than any other upstate area,” said James H. Ross, a labor market analyst with the labor department.
The biggest gains were in retail trade, which increased 5.4 percent; educational services, which increased 4.9 percent; and food services and drinking places, up 3.7 percent.
Since 2012, its lowest point in the recession, the region has added 31,900 private sector jobs.
New York State added 36,200 private sector jobs last month, increasing the number of private sector jobs 0.5 percent to 7.95 million. It was the largest gain since 2013.
The state unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent, the lowest since 2007 and below the national rate of 4.9 percent.
Buffalo Niagara’s rate won’t be released until next week. Last month’s unemployment rate in the region was 4.5 percent.