Unemployment rate steady in July, state statistics say

Posted 8/22/19

The unemployment rate for the Utica-Rome area was 4.2 percent in July, which is unchanged from a year earlier, according to the New York Department of Labor. By county, Oneida County’s unemployment …

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Unemployment rate steady in July, state statistics say

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The unemployment rate for the Utica-Rome area was 4.2 percent in July, which is unchanged from a year earlier, according to the New York Department of Labor.

By county, Oneida County’s unemployment rate in July was 4.1 percent, down slightly 4.3 percent a year earlier. The metropolitan region also includes Herkimer County, where the rate was put at 4.4 percent in July.

In other nearby counties: Madison, 4.1 percent; Lewis, 4.2 percent; Onondaga, 3.83 percent; Oswego, 5.1 percent; Otsego, 4.0 percent.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.0 percent in July, the Department of Labor said. The rates are preliminary and are calculated using methods prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The area unemployment rates rely in part on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York state each month.

The Labor Department reported last week that the Utica-Rome area’s job count was essentially unchanged from June, losing about 100 jobs.

The private-sector non-farm job count for the area stood at about 129,000. The number of jobs statewide grew by about the same rate, gaining 1,800 jobs.

In the monthly unemployment rate among metro areas, the lowest was 3.5 percent in Glens Falls followed by 3.6 percent in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Dutchess-Putnam and Nassau-Suffolk; the highest was 4.7 percent in the Watertown-Fort Drum area. Among counties, the lowest was 2.9 percent in Columbia County. The highest by county was 5.1 percent in Allegany and Oswego counties.

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