Orleans unemployment rate was lower in November than a year before

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 December 2015 at 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Orleans County was 5.5 percent last month, which was down from 6.8 percent in November 2014.

The state Department of Labor released the data on Tuesday. The report shows that 17,000 people were working in the county last month, compared to 16,800 the previous November. There were also 1,000 people listed as unemployed, compared to 1,200 in November 2014.

State-wide the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in November, the lowest since November 2007, according to the Department of Labor.

Columbia County has the lowest rate at 3.5 percent and Hamilton County is the highest at 9.1 percent.

Other unemployment rates for nearby counties include Genesee, 4.6; Wyoming, 5.0; Erie, 4.8; Livingston, 4.5; Monroe, 4.6; and Niagara, 5.5.