Job­less rates fall in most lo­cal coun­ties

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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).

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