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New York State Department of Labor

State Labor Department Releases Preliminary September 2020 Area Unemployment Rates

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Albany, NY (October 20, 2020) -

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for September 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.

The State’s seasonally adjusted private sector jobs increased over the month by 75,300, or 1.0%, to 7,285,400 in September 2020. The number of private sector jobs in New York State 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 12.5% to 9.7% in September 2020.  


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

(not seasonally adjusted)
*Data are preliminary and subject to change.
Metro Areas
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls
    Glens Falls
    New York City
    Watertown-Fort Drum
  Non-metro counties


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, September 2019 versus September 2020.


See County Unemployment Rates 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.

See State and Area Unemployment Rates
See Unemployment Rate Map
See Jobs and Unemployment Fact Sheet


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