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Unemployment claims continue fast rise in Orleans, NYS

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 22 May 2020 at 12:00 pm

The number of people filing unemployment claims in Orleans County and New York State isn’t slowing down.

The latest data from the State Labor Department show 229,562 people filed unemployment claims last week, which was more than 203,928 the previous week, ending May 9. A year ago during the same week, there were 12,097 unemployment claims in the state, about 5 percent of the number last week.

In Orleans County, 298 people filed for unemployment last week, which was up from 285 the previous week. A year ago during the same week, 30 people filed for unemployment in Orleans County, according to the state DOL.

Since the state closed and restricted many businesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2,271,256 have filed unemployment claims in the state in 10 weeks.

In Orleans County, the total unemployment claims in the county is up to 3,616 in the past nine weeks. Orleans County has a workforce of about 17,000 people. The 3,616 unemployment claims represent about 21 percent of the workforce.

Here are the weekly unemployment claims the past nine weeks in the GLOW counties and statewide:

  • Genesee: 480 (May 16), 450 (May 9), 482 (May 2), 589 (April 25), 421 (April 18), 931 (April 11), 886 (April 4), 1,308 (March 28), 268 (March 21)
  • Livingston: 481 (May 16), 412 (May 9), 355 (May 2), 490 (April 25), 403 (April 18), 918 (April 11), 996 (April 4), 1,338 (March 28), 227 (March 21)
  • Orleans: 298 (May 16), 285 (May 9), 285 (May 2), 326 (April 25), 297 (April 18), 581 (April 11), 595 (April 4), 824 (March 28), 138 (March 21)
  • Wyoming: 252 (May 16), 228 (May 9), 234 (May 2), 326 (April 25), 266 (April 18), 601 (April 11), 603 (April 4), 837 (March 28), 155 (March 21)
  • Statewide: 229,562 (May 16), 203,928 (May 9), 197,607 (May 2), 222,040 (April 25), 207,172 (April 18), 399,015 (April 11), 347,573 (April 4), 369,025 (March 28), 80,753 (March 21)

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