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State Labor Department releases preliminary February 2014 area unemployment rates

ALBANY - The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for February 2014, which are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 households (out of more than 7 million) in New York State.

The state’s private sector job count increased by 117,200 from February 2013 to February 2014. As reported last week, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.8% in February 2014. The economy added 12,800 private sector jobs in February 2014, bringing the state’s private sector job count to a record high of 7,543,100.

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%), February 2013 and February 2014
(not seasonally adjusted)

*Data are preliminary and subject to change

February

2014*

February

2013

 

Upstate NY (52-co. area)

7.6

8.8

  Metro Areas

7.3

8.5

    Albany-Schenectady-Troy

6.5

7.5

    Binghamton

8.3

9.2

    Buffalo-Niagara Falls

7.6

8.8

    Elmira

8.4

9.8

    Glens Falls

8.3

9.6

    Ithaca

4.9

5.5

    Kingston

7.8

9.2

    Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown

6.9

8.1

    Rochester

7.2

8.3

    Syracuse

7.6

8.9

    Utica-Rome

8.2

9.4

  Non-metro Counties

8.6

10.0

 

Downstate NY (10-co. area)

7.8

8.5

  New York City

8.6

9.2

  Suburban Counties

6.2

7.3

    Nassau-Suffolk

6.2

7.3

    Putnam-Rockland-Westchester

6.2

7.2

 

Unemployment rate highlights in February 2014:

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Tompkins County (4.9%)
    • Nassau County (5.8%)
    • Albany County (6.0%)
    • Putnam County (6.0%)
    • Rockland County (6.1%)
    • Saratoga County (6.2%)
    • Westchester County (6.3%)
    • Suffolk County (6.6%)
    • Columbia County (6.7%)
    • Dutchess County (6.7%)
    • Schenectady County (6.7%)