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Region's job total increases slightly in May

The Buffalo Niagara region added 3,600 jobs in May compared to a year ago, an increase of 0.6 percent, the state Labor Department said Thursday.

The region's job-growth rate lagged the statewide increase of 1.6 percent, and the national increase of 1.5 percent.

The Buffalo Niagara region's manufacturing job count increased by 0.4 percent, while construction jobs declined by 4 percent. Accommodations and food service jobs were up 3.3 percent, and government jobs increased 1.8 percent.

The region's private-sector job count increased 0.4 percent in May from a year ago.

The region's overall jobs total of 566,900 was the best for May going back to 1990, the start of current records for the Labor Department. It was also the best total for any month since last December.

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