Employment down more than expected in September

Posted October 26, 2016

Unemployment rates rose last month in metro Toledo and throughout much of northwest OH, a new report shows.

September was a unusual month for Columbia County on the unemployment front: It was the only county in the Mid-Hudson/Catskills region to record an uptick in joblessness from a year earlier, but it also scored the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

The 5.8% rate in September is far below the average levels over the last decade, but up from 5.2% in September 2015.

"The rate has fallen dramatically in the last two months, three-tenths of a point this month, and two-tenths of a point the month before".

With an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in September, Rockland County, which dropped 0.2 percent from past year, was ranked 13th.

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The local-unemployment data isn't seasonally adjusted, meaning the figures don't reflect seasonal influences such as holiday hires. The private sector job count of 21,100 was an increase of 400 jobs.

Orange County, with 4.4 percent joblessness, was ranked17th in the state, declined by 0.1 percent. The other 42 states and DC were more or less unchanged over the month.

That included an additional 100 people listed as unemployed, 1,200 fewer people listed as employed and 900 fewer people trying to find work. A lot of jobs have left South Dakota in recent years, but so have a number of potential job holders.

A spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that city budget officials weren't anxious by the new unemployment rate figures.

Thirty-five states and D.C. enjoyed significant year-over-year increases in employment in September. The rate of job growth (+1.6%) is significantly slower than the statewide growth of 3.3 percent over the past year.