Upstate unemployment 9.2% in February, same as last year


Upstate New York’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in February, the same as last year, according to data released Tuesday by the state Labor Department.

That’s compared with an 8.4 percent unemployment rate for the whole state. Downstate’s rate, which includes New York City’s northern suburbs and Long Island, was at 8.6 percent in February, down from 9.1 percent during the same month in 2012.

Tompkins County in the Southern Tier had the lowest rate in February at 5.8 percent, and Hudson Valley counties Putnam and Rockland were also among the lowest at 7.1 percent.

The North Country had some of the highest unemployment rates, with Lewis County reaching 13 percent in February. Nearby Jefferson and Hamilton counties were at 12.3 and 12.2 percent, respectively.

Binghamton, at 9.6 percent, and Rochester, at 8.7 percent, both showed the same unemployment rate this February as in February 2012.

Elmira’s rate in 2013 is more than a percentage point higher than the year before — at 10.2 percent, up from 9 percent.

See a chart here that breaks down the local stats further.


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  1. Jackson Davies on

    And NO amount of drilling crews brought in from OUTSIDE NY State will change that statistic no matter what the evil and lair fracking proponents say.
    All the workers for fracking crews are from other states that already allowed this environmental disaster in their states.

  2. Jackson, the drilling crews only come from outside NY because we don’t allow the practice here so no one here has mastered the trade and these companies need more than unskilled labor so think again. Once NY starts drilling, the jobs will follow.