July 22, 2014

State Labor Department Releases Preliminary June 2014 Area Unemployment Rates

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for June 2014. 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 137,300 from June 2013 to June 2014. As reported last week, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June 2014 fell by 0.1% to 6.6%, its lowest level since November 2008. In June 2014, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,589,600, an all-time high. The June 2014 private sector job gains marked New York State’s 19th consecutive month of private sector job growth, the state’s longest streak on record since at least 1990.

 

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%),
June 2013 and June 2014

(not seasonally adjusted)
*Data are preliminary and subject to change
 
June
2014*
June
2013
 
Upstate NY (52-co. area)
5.9
7.4
  Metro Areas
5.8
7.2
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy
5.1
6.5
    Binghamton
6.5
7.9
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls
6.0
7.5
    Elmira
6.5
8.4
    Glens Falls
5.2
6.6
    Ithaca
4.5
5.6
    Kingston
6.1
7.8
    Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
5.6
7.2
    Rochester
5.8
7.1
    Syracuse
6.2
7.7
    Utica-Rome
6.2
7.7
  Non-metro Counties
6.3
7.9
 
Downstate NY (10-co. area)
6.8
8.0
  New York City
7.7
8.9
  Suburban Counties
4.9
6.2
    Nassau-Suffolk
4.9
6.2
    Putnam-Rockland-Westchester
5.0
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, June 2013 versus June 2014.

 

Unemployment rate highlights in June 2014:

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Hamilton County (4.2%)
    • Saratoga County (4.5%)
    • Tompkins County (4.5%)
    • Putnam County (4.6%)
    • Columbia County (4.8%)
    • Genesee County (4.8%)
    • Nassau County (4.8%)
    • Yates County (4.8%)
    • Rockland County (4.9%)
    • Suffolk County (5.0%)

 

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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