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Unemployment continues downward trend

*Data are preliminary and subject to change

June

2014*

June

2013

Upstate NY (52-co. area)

5.9

7.4

  Metro Areas

5.8

7.2

    Albany-Schenectady-Troy

5.1

6.5

    Binghamton

6.5

7.9

    Buffalo-Niagara Falls

6.0

7.5

    Elmira

6.5

8.4

    Glens Falls

5.2

6.6

    Ithaca

4.5

5.6

    Kingston

6.1

7.8

    Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown

5.6

7.2

    Rochester

5.8

7.1

    Syracuse

6.2

7.7

    Utica-Rome

6.2

7.7

  Non-metro Counties

6.3

7.9

Downstate NY (10-co. area)

6.8

8.0

  New York City

7.7

8.9

  Suburban Counties

4.9

6.2

    Nassau-Suffolk

4.9

6.2

    Putnam-Rockland-Westchester

5.0

6.3

 

ALBANY - The State Department of Labor released preliminary local area unemployment rates for June 2014. Rates 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 the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

The state’s private sector job count increased by 137,300 from June 2013 to June 2014. As reported last week, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June 2014 fell by 0.1% to 6.6%, its lowest level since November 2008. In June 2014, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,589,600, an all-time high. The June 2014 private sector job gains marked New York State’s 19th consecutive month of private sector job growth, the state’s longest streak on record since at least 1990.