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New York State Department of Labor

State Labor Department Releases Preliminary January 2020 Area Unemployment Rates

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Albany, NY (March 17, 2020) -

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for January 2020. Rates are calculated using methods prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The State’s 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.

From January 2019 to January 2020, the State’s private sector employment count increased by 83,300. In January 2020, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 8,354,100. The State’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers, which is conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 3.9% to 3.8%, in January 2020.

 

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%)
January 2019 and January 2020

(not seasonally adjusted)
*Data are preliminary and subject to change.
January
2020*
January
2019
 
Metro Areas
4.0
4.7
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy
4.0
4.3
    Binghamton
5.6
5.6
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls
5.2
5.2
    Dutchess-Putnam
4.0
4.0
    Elmira
5.0
4.7
    Glens Falls
5.5
5.8
    Ithaca
3.8
4.0
    Kingston
4.2
4.4
    Nassau-Suffolk
3.9
4.1
    New York City
3.6
4.9
    Orange-Rockland-Westchester
4.0
4.0
    Rochester
4.7
4.7
    Syracuse
4.9
5.0
    Utica-Rome
5.2
5.4
    Watertown-Fort Drum
7.5
7.1
  Non-metro counties
5.8
5.8

The data in the preceding table 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 2019 versus January 2020.

 

Unemployment Rate Highlights in January 2020 (not seasonally adjusted):

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates in January 2020 include:
    • Queens County (3.1%)
    • New York County (3.2%)
    • Richmond County (3.5%)
    • Kings County (3.6%)
    • Nassau County (3.6%)
    • Rockland County (3.7%)
    • Columbia County (3.8%)
    • Saratoga County (3.8%)
    • Tompkins County (3.8%)
    • Albany County (3.9%)

 

See County Unemployment Rates (opens in new window) for current unemployment rates for all 62 counties in New York State.

Labor force data for the current month are preliminary and subject to revision as more information becomes available the following month. Revised estimates for prior months are available at: labor.ny.gov/stats/LSLAUS.shtm

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 with population of at least 25,000.

 

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