Unemployment numbers mostly unchanged from year ago in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 November 2017 at 8:42 am

The unemployment rate in Orleans County for October was 5.2 percent, which was slightly higher than the 5.1 percent in October 2016, according to data from the New York State Department of Labor.

The DOL reports that there were 16,700 working in Orleans in both October 2016 and 2017. There were also 900 people on unemployment during that time. (The DOL rounds its numbers to the nearest hundred in its reports.)

While the unemployment rate in Orleans slightly increased, the rate dropped in New York State from 4.8 to 4.6 percent. Nationally, the rate fell from 4.7 percent in October 2016 to 3.9 percent last month, according to the Department of Labor.

The counties in New York with the lowest unemployment rates include Columbia County at 3.4 percent, Saratoga at 3.7 and Yates at 3.8.

Bronx has the highest rate at 6.6 percent, followed by St. Lawrence at 5.7, Oswego at 5.6 and Allegany at 5.5.

The other local GLOW counties include Genesee at 4.3 percent, Livingston at 4.5 percent, and Wyoming at 4.4 percent.

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