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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor Peter M. Rivera, Commissioner

State Labor Department Releases December 2011 Area Unemployment Rates

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Albany, NY (January 24, 2012) -

The State Labor Department today released local area unemployment rates for December 2011.  All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted. The most valid comparisons with this type of data are year-to-year comparisons of the same month; for example, December 2010 versus December 2011.

The table below compares unemployment rates in the United States and New York State, as well as rates in the Upstate and Downstate regions and metro areas in the state in December 2010 and December 2011.

 

Unemployment Rates* (%), December 2010 and December 2011
*Data are preliminary and subject to change.
December
2011*
December
2010
United States
8.3
9.1
New York State
8.0
8.0
 
Downstate NY (10-co. area)
8.1
8.0
  New York City
8.8
8.6
  Suburban Counties
6.8
6.9
    Nassau-Suffolk
6.9
7.0
    Putnam-Rockland-Westchester
6.4
6.8
 
Upstate NY (52-co. area)
7.8
8.1
  Metro Areas
7.5
7.8
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy
6.9
7.1
    Binghamton
8.2
8.5
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls
7.9
8.1
    Glens Falls
8.4
8.5
    Ithaca
5.5
5.6
    Kingston
7.8
8.0
    Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
7.3
7.6
    Rochester
7.3
7.8
    Syracuse
8.0
8.3
    Utica-Rome
8.1
8.1
  Non-metro Counties
8.7
9.0

 

Unemployment rate highlights in December 2011:

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Tompkins County (5.5%)
    • Putnam County (6.1%)

    • Rockland County (6.5%)
    • Saratoga County (6.5%)
    • Westchester County (6.5%)
  • The counties in New York State with the highest unemployment rates include:
    • Bronx County (12.4%)
    • Oswego County (10.2%)

    • Jefferson County (10.1%)
    • Fulton County (10.0%)

    • Hamilton County (10.0%)
    • St. Lawrence County (10.0%)

 

Note: Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, for New York and every other state are based on statistical regression models specified by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These are the most up-to-date estimates of persons employed and unemployed by place of residence. Estimates are available for New York State, labor market regions, metropolitan areas, counties, and municipalities of at least 25,000.

 

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See Jobs and Unemployment Fact Sheet (opens in new window)

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