Unemployment rates in regions of the state improved in March, with most areas having a decline compared to the same period in 2012, the state Labor Department said today.
The numbers were good news for the state has it grapples with a statewide unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, which is higher than the national average.
In January, no area of the state had its unemployment rate drop compared to the same period in 2012. But most areas did see a drop in March, the report today said.
For 52 upstate counties, the average unemployment rate fell from 8.8 percent to 8.4 percent. It was worse for rural counties, but it still declined: from 9.9 percent to 9.6 percent.
The Elmira metropolitan area was the only one where the unemployment rate increased between March 2012 and March 2013, up to 9.3 percent from 8.7 percent.
The counties with the highest unemployment rates were: Lewis County (12.3%); Hamilton County (12.0%); Bronx County (11.6%); and Jefferson County (11.5%).
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were: Tompkins County (5.3%); Putnam County (6.3%); Nassau County (6.4%); and Rockland County (6.4%).