Orleans unemployment rated fifth highest in NYS

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Orleans County cut its unemployment rate from 10.2 percent in November 2012 to 8.5 percent this past November. Despite that progress, Orleans still has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the state.

Bronx County led the state with an 11.2 percent rate, followed by Jefferson at 9.0, Kings at 8.7 percent and Hamilton at 8.5 percent.

The state’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.7 percent in October 2013 to 7.4 percent in November, the lowest level since January 2009, according to the New York State Department of Labor. The state’s economy added 4,300 private sector jobs, raising New York State’s private sector job count to 7,493,500 – another all-time high, according to the DOL.

The unemployment rate in Orleans remains persistently high, especially compared to nearby rural counties. In the GLOW region, Genesee has the lowest rate at 6.1 percent, followed by Livingston at 6.4 and Wyoming at 7.1 percent.

The counties in New York with the lowest unemployment rates include Tompkins at 4.4, Putnam at 5.0, Nassau at 5.1, Saratoga at 5.2, and Rockland at 5.3 percent.