The state Labor Department today released local area unemployment rates for October 2012, showing that Tompkins County had the lowest unemployment rate and the Bronx had the highest.
The unemployment rate was in Tompkins County at 5.8 percent — which is home to Ithaca College and Cornell University. The other counties with low unemployment rates are Putnam County (6.5%); Yates County (6.6%); and Rockland County (6.7%).
The highest unemployment rates include: Bronx County (12.5%), Orleans County (10.2%); Fulton County (10.1%) and Kings County (9.9%).
Last week, the Labor Department said the state added 5,900 private sector jobs between September and October, the number of unemployed decreased by 17,500 and the statewide unemployment rate fell from 8.9 % to 8.7%.
Here’s the totals by county: