Binghamton is the Biggest Loser in NYS Jobs Report
The Binghamton labor market lost more jobs over the past year than any other region in New York state.
The local market, which includes Broome and Tioga counties, lost 1,400 jobs between September 2015 and last month, according to a report from the state Department of Labor.
The total number of nonfarm jobs for the Binghamton area fell by 1.4 percent over the 12-month period.
Over the same period, the Ithaca area gained 4,100 jobs and the Elmira area lost 800 jobs.
In addition to Binghamton and Elmira, other labor markets posting job losses over the past year included Albany, Glens Falls, Syracuse and Utica.
Labor market analyst Christian Harris said many of the job losses in Broome and Tioga counties were in the wholesale and retail trades.
Nearly 70 people who work at Kmart's Binghamton Plaza store are expected to lose their jobs later this year. The store is scheduled to close in mid-December.
The number of manufacturing jobs in the Binghamton labor market is down by 500 compared to a year ago.
The area's August unemployment rate of 4.9 percent was lower than the rate 12 months earlier. That change wasn't positive because it reflected 2,900 fewer people in the local workforce compared to a year earlier.
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