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

State Labor Department Releases January 2013 Area Unemployment Rates

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Albany, NY (March 12, 2013) -

The State Labor Department today released local area unemployment rates for January 2013, which are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state's unemployment rate relies in part on the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 households (out of more than 7 million) in New York State.

The state's private sector job count increased by 102,600 from January 2012 to January 2013. As reported last week, the state's unemployment rate was 8.4% in January 2013.

 

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%), January 2012 and January 2013
(not seasonally adjusted)
*Data are preliminary and subject to change
January
2013*
January
2012
 
Upstate NY (52-co. area)
9.6
9.2
  Metro Areas
9.3
8.9
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy
8.4
8.2
    Binghamton
10.2
9.8
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls
9.6
9.1
    Elmira
10.5
8.8
    Glens Falls
10.3
9.9
    Ithaca
6.7
6.6
    Kingston
9.9
9.3
    Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
8.7
8.5
    Rochester
9.1
8.7
    Syracuse
9.8
9.5
    Utica-Rome
10.2
9.6
  Non-metro Counties
10.9
10.4
 
Downstate NY (10-co. area)
9.2
9.1
  New York City
9.9
9.8
  Suburban Counties
7.9
7.7
    Nassau-Suffolk
7.9
7.8
    Putnam-Rockland-Westchester
7.8
7.5
 

The data above are not seasonally adjusted, which means they reflect seasonal influences (e.g., holiday and summer hires). Therefore, the most valid comparisons with this type of data are year-to-year comparisons of the same month; for example, January 2012 versus January 2013.

 

Unemployment rate highlights in January 2013:

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Tompkins County (6.7%)
    • Putnam County (7.3%)
    • Rockland County (7.5%)
    • Nassau County (7.6%)
  • The counties in New York State with the highest unemployment rates include:
    • Bronx County (13.4%)

    • Lewis County (12.7%)
    • Oswego County (12.7%)
    • Orleans County (12.4%)

 

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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