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New York State Department of Labor

State Labor Department Releases Preliminary
June 2020 Area Unemployment Rates

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Albany, NY (July 21, 2020) -

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for June 2020. 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 June 2019 to June 2020, the State’s private sector employment count decreased by 1,407,400. The State’s seasonally adjusted private sector job count increased over the month by 296,400, or 4.5%, to 6,894,200 in June 2020.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 increased from 14.5% to 15.7% in June 2020.  

 

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%) 
June  2019 and June 2020

(not seasonally adjusted)
*Data are preliminary and subject to change.
June 
2020*
June 
2019
 
Metro Areas
15.9
3.8
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy
10.5 
3.5
    Binghamton
11.1
4.4 
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls
13.7
4.1 
    Dutchess-Putnam
11.4
3.6
    Elmira
11.9
4.1 
    Glens Falls
10.8
3.6
    Ithaca
8.9 
3.8
    Kingston
11.3
3.7
    Nassau-Suffolk
12.9
3.4
    New York City
20.4 
3.9
    Orange-Rockland-Westchester
12.5
3.6
    Rochester
11.3
3.9
    Syracuse
11.9
4.0 
    Utica-Rome
10.8
4.4 
    Watertown-Fort Drum
11.2
4.6 
  Non-metro counties
10.6
4.1

 

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, June 2019 versus June 2020.

 

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: 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.


The increase in the unemployment rate — despite New York State adding 296,400 private sector jobs — may be explained by a combination of the use of different data sources for the two figures, the use of statistical regression models to determine the unemployment rate, a growing labor force, and the impact of out-of-state workers, among other factors.

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