Orleans unemployment rate, number of unemployed on the rise

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 February 2021 at 3:20 pm

Orleans County saw an increase in its unemployment rate and the number of people unemployed in the county in December, after the rate and unemployed had been on the decline.

The state Department of Labor reported the unemployed rate was 6.4 percent in December, with 1,100 people unemployed in Orleans. That 6.4 percent rate was up from the 5.4 percent in December 2019.

The DOL reported there were 15,600 people working in Orleans County December 2020, which was down from 15,800 in November and 16,700 December 2019.

Here are the unemployment rates and number of unemployed in the Orleans County during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • March: 5.4 percent, 900 unemployed
  • April: 15.9 percent, 2,700 unemployed
  • May: 11.5 percent, 1,900 unemployed
  • June: 10.8 percent, 1,900 unemployed
  • July: 12.7 percent, 2,300 unemployed
  • August: 9.8 percent, 1,700 unemployed
  • September: 5.5 percent, 900 unemployed
  • October: 6.0 percent, 1,000 unemployed
  • November: 5.4 percent, 900 unemployed
  • December: 6.4 percent, 1,100 unemployed

Orleans County, with the 6.4 percent unemployment rate for December, is about in the middle of the pack among WNY counties.

Here are the rates for the other counties in the region: Allegany, 6.2%;  Cattaraugus, 6.4%; Chautauqua, 7.8%; Erie, 7.6%; Genesee, 5.4%; Livingston, 5.5%; Monroe, 6.9%; Niagara, 7.3%; Orleans, 6.4%; and Wyoming, 6.1%.

Statewide, Tompkins had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.3% while the New York City metro has the highest rate at 11.0%, with Bronx, 15.1%; Kings, 11.3%; and Queens, 10.7%, all above 10%.

In New York State, the unemployment rate is up from 3.7% in December 2019 to 8.1 percent in December 2020. The number of people working in state dropped by 812,100 from 9,116,400 to 8,304,200. The number of unemployed more than doubled from 351,900 to 733,200 during that time.