Orleans sets new record low for unemployment at 2.5%

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 November 2022 at 8:20 am

The unemployment rate in Orleans County is at the lowest level in recent recorded history. The state Department of Labor reports the unemployment rate for the county was at 2.5 percent in October. That is the lowest in the 32 years the state has been tracking the data.

The previous low was 3.2 percent in September 2022 and also in December 2021.

The rate 2.5 percent rate for Orleans County is down from 3.7 percent in October 2021. The DOL reports there were 16,600 people working in the county in October, up by 400 from the 16,200 in October 2021. The number on unemployment dropped from 600 to 400 in that time.

The unemployment rates in other nearby counties includes: 2.1 percent in Genesee, 2.8 percent in Niagara, 2.2 percent in Livingston, 2.1 percent in Wyoming, 2.6 percent in Monroe, and 2.7 percent in Erie.

Columbia and Saratoga counties have the lowest unemployment rates in the state at 1.9 percent, while the rate is the highest in the Bronx at 7.4 percent.

Statewide the unemployment rate is at 4.4 percent in October, up from 4 .3 percent the previous month.