Initial claims for unemployment benefits were down in the Mohawk Valley region and Oneida County last week from the previous week but increased statewide.
In the week that ended Sept. 5, Mohawk Valley workers filed 862 first-time claims, compared to 993 the previous week. In Oneida County, 455 initial claims were made last week, compared to 537 the previous week. Madison county had 98 claims and 93, respectively. Statewide, 65,715 claims were made, compared to 63,932 in the week ending Aug. 29.
Initial claims totals have fluctuated but increased dramatically since pandemic-related restrictions were put on the economy in the spring. Since mid-March, initial claims increased 856 percent over the same period in 2019.
For the week ending Sept. 5, all statewide industries experienced an increase in initial claims for unemployment insurance over the past year, according to the New York State Department of Labor. Statewide industries in New York with the most rapid over-the-year percentage increase in initial claims included other services, up 436%; accommodation and food services, up 405%; retail trade, 393%; health care and social assistance, 392%; and educational services, 306%.