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Orleans employment picture improves in February compared to year earlier

Staff Reports Posted 31 March 2016 at 12:00 am

There were 300 more people working in Orleans County last month compared to February 2015, and also 200 fewer people unemployed, according to the latest data from the state Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate in Orleans fell from 7.9 percent in February 2015 to 6.6 percent last month. There were 16,900 people working in the county and 1,200 unemployed.

Although the unemployment rate has dropped in Orleans County, it remains above the state average of 4.8 percent, which is the lowest in New York since November 2007. In the rural GLOW counties, the unemployment rates include Genesee at 5.5 percent, Livingston at 5.8 percent, Orleans at 6.6, and Wyoming at 6.8 percent.

Tompkins County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.7 percent. Three counties are at 8.0 percent or higher, including Lewis at 8.0 percent, and Hamilton and Bronx, both at 8.1 percent.