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Unemployment rate in CNY up slightly from last year

Unemployment rate (MGN Online Photo)

Unemployment rates in central New York ticked up slightly between November 2016 and November 2017, according to a Dec. 27 report from the New York State Department of Labor.

The report states that the unemployment rate for the Syracuse metropolitan area stood at 5.1 percent in November 2017, up from 4.6 percent in November 2016.

The Utica-Rome area unemployment rate went from 4.7 percent to 5.3 percent. The Watertown-Fort Drum area went from 6.3 percent to 6.8 percent. Ithaca went from 3.8 percent to 4.3 percent.

According to the data, the small rise in unemployment was common across New York. The Rochester area went from 4.5 percent up to 5.1 percent, the Binghamton area went from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent and Elmira went from 5.2 percent to 5.5 percent.

Of the 15 metro areas in the state, only one — New York City — saw an unemployment rate drop over the same period of time.

From November 2016 to November 2017, the state’s private sector job count increased by 109,300. In November 2017, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 8,098,400.



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