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Orleans unemployment rate rises

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 February 2015 at 12:00 am

Orleans County’s unemployment rate rose from 6.8 percent in November to 7.1 percent in December, according to the State Labor Department. That 7.1 percent rate is actually 1.2 percent lower than the 8.3 percent rate for the county in December 2013.

The 1.2 percent difference is one of the bigger gains in the state among counties. However, Orleans is still much higher than the state unemployment rate of 5.7 percent and the national rate of 5.4 percent for December.

Orleans County had 17,000 people working in December and 1,300 unemployed. That compares to 17,400 in December 2013 and 1,600 who were unemployed.

In the four-county GLOW region, Orleans has the highest unemployment rate. Genesee was at 5.6 percent in December, followed by Livingston at 5.9 percent and Wyoming at 6.5 percent.

Tompkins County had the lowest rate in the state at 3.5 percent while the Bronx was the highest at 9.3 percent.