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State Labor Department Releases Preliminary December 2019 Area Unemployment Rates

Albany, NY (January 28, 2020) -

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for December 2019. Rates are calculated using methods prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The State’s area unemployment rates rely in part on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

From December 2018 to December 2019, the State’s private sector employment count increased by 97,700. In December 2019, the number of private sector jobs in the State was 8,325,400. The State’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers, which is conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, the State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.0% in December 2019.

Unemployment Rate Highlights in December 2019 (not seasonally adjusted):

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates in December 2019 include:
    • Queens County (2.7%)
    • New York County (2.8%)
    • Richmond County (3.0%)
    • Columbia County (3.2%)
    • Kings County (3.2%)
    • Tompkins County (3.2%)
    • Nassau County (3.4%)
    • Albany County (3.5%)
    • Rockland County (3.5%)
    • Saratoga County (3.5%)

 

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%)
December 2018 and December 2019

(not seasonally adjusted)
*Data are preliminary and subject to change.
December
2019*
December
2018
Metro Areas
3.6
3.8
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy
3.6
3.5
    Binghamton
4.8
4.4
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls
4.7
4.3
    Dutchess-Putnam
3.6
3.3
    Elmira
4.5
4.1
    Glens Falls
5.1
4.7
    Ithaca
3.2
3.1
    Kingston
3.7
3.6
    Nassau-Suffolk
3.6
3.3
    New York City
3.2
4.0
    Orange-Rockland-Westchester
3.8
3.5
    Rochester
4.3
4.0
    Syracuse
4.4
4.2
    Utica-Rome
4.7
4.5
    Watertown-Fort Drum
6.8
5.9
  Non-metro counties
5.0
4.6

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