Jobless rates fall in most local counties
Only Columbia had an uptick in the most recent 12-month period, but it still had the lowest joblessness in the state.
September was a strange month for Columbia County on the unemployment front: It was the only county in the MidHudson/Catskills region to record an uptick in joblessness from a year earlier, but it also scored the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
Columbia County’s jobless rate last month was 3.7 percent, up a tick from 3.6 percent in September 2015 but tied with Tompkins County (the Ithaca area) for the lowest rate among the 62 counties in New York, according to state Department of Labor data released Tuesday.
All other local counties experienced improvements in their unemployment rates from September 2015 to September 2016, the labor office said.
Ulster County’s jobless rate last month was 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 percent a year earlier. The Dutchess County rate fell from 4.4 percent to 4.2 percent during the same 12-month span.
Elsewhere in the region, the September 2016 unemployment rates were:
• 4.7 percent in Greene County, down from 5.1 percent a year earlier.
• 5 percent in Delaware County, down from 5.2 percent.
• 4.7 percent in Sullivan County, down from 5 percent.
• 4.4 percent in Orange County, down from 4.5 percent.
The statewide jobless rate last month was 5.1 percent, up from 4.8 percent a year earlier.
Bronx County had the state’s highest unemployment rate last month, 7.8 percent (up from 6.7 percent in September 2015), while New York City as a whole had a jobless rate last month of 5.8 percent (up from 4.9 percent a year earlier).