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New York State Department of Labor

State Labor Department Releases Preliminary
July 2015 Area Unemployment Rates

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Albany, NY (August 25, 2015) -

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for July 2015. 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 189,000 from July 2014 to July 2015. In July 2015, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,831,700, an all-time high. The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition, between June and July 2015, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 5.5% to 5.4%, its lowest level since July 2008.

 

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%),
July 2014 and July 2015

(not seasonally adjusted)
*Data are preliminary and subject to change
July
2015*
July
2014
 
Metro Areas
5.4
6.5
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy
4.8
5.2
    Binghamton
6.0
6.5
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls
5.8
6.4
    Dutchess-Putnam
4.9
5.4
    Elmira
6.1
6.2
    Glens Falls
4.7
5.4
    Ithaca
4.7
5.0
    Kingston
5.3
5.9
    Nassau-Suffolk
4.9
5.3
    New York City
5.6
7.6
    Orange-Rockland-Westchester
5.0
5.4
    Rochester
5.4
5.9
    Syracuse
5.6
6.1
    Utica-Rome
5.5
6.0
    Watertown-Fort Drum
6.2
6.8
  Non-metro Counties
5.8
6.3

The data in the preceding table are not seasonally adjusted, which means they reflect seasonal influences (e.g., holiday and summer hires). Therefore, the most valid comparisons with this type of data are year-to-year comparisons of the same month; for example, July 2014 versus July 2015.

 

Unemployment rate highlights in July 2015:

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Hamilton County (4.0%)
    • Columbia County (4.1%)
    • Saratoga County (4.3%)
    • Genesee County (4.7%)
    • Nassau County (4.7%)
    • New York County (4.7%)
    • Ontario County (4.7%)
    • Tompkins County (4.7%)
    • Washington County (4.7%)
    • Yates County (4.7%)

 

See County Unemployment rates (opens in new window) for current unemployment rates for all 62 counties in New York State.

Labor force data for the current month are preliminary and subject to revision as more information becomes available the following month. Revised estimates for prior months are available at: http://labor.ny.gov/stats/LSLAUS.shtm

Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, for New York and every other state are based on statistical regression models specified by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These are the most up-to-date estimates of persons employed and unemployed by place of residence. Estimates are available for New York State, labor market regions, metropolitan areas, counties, and municipalities with population of at least 25,000.

 

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