Government jobs tumble, some new hires in Health Services

The Steuben County unemployment rate held steady in July, coming in at 5.3 percent, the same as June, the New York state Department of Labor said Tuesday.

Steuben County’s jobless rate was 5.5 percent a year ago, in July of 2016.

The 5.3 percent rate for Steuben County was good for 43rd place among New York state’s 62 counties. Steuben County in July had a Civilian Labor Force of 42,500, with 40,300 residents employed. There were 2,200 county residents counted as unemployed in July, 100 fewer than June and 200 fewer than July of 2016.

According to Steuben County’s Labor Market Profile, government jobs declined nearly 15 percent or by approximately 1,200 positions over the month, falling from 8,100 in June to 6,900 in July. Regional labor analysts say this is a fairly typical decline, as schools, colleges and universities go on summer break, shedding workers. Private, service-providing employers picked up some of the slack, showing small increases in Health Services and Leisure and Hospitality hiring.

On the regional jobs scene, the Southern Tier unemployment rate stands at 5.2 percent, unchanged from June and from July of 2016. There were 272,500 Southern Tier residents employed in July, a decline of about 2,000 from June. There were 14,900 residents listed as unemployed in the region in July.

The Southern Tier’s government jobs category took the biggest hit from June to July, falling by nearly 5,000 positions to 51,100.

Other local counties

Allegany County had a 6.4 percent unemployment rate in July, ranking it 60th in the state. Allegany County had a 6.7 percent rate in June, and joblessness was 6.1 in July of 2016.

In Livingston County, July saw a 4.8 percent jobless rate, down from 4.9 in June but up from a 4.7 percent rate a year ago. July’s rate ranks Livingston County 29th out of 62 in New York state.

Genesee County, with an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent, ranked eighth best in the state.

New York State

In July 2017, New York’s statewide unemployment rate increased from 4.5 to 4.7 percent. The state’s private sector job count is 8,100,400, a new record high, according to preliminary figures released by the state Department of Labor. A labor department official hailed the record number.

“The state’s private sector job count increased by 18,800 in July 2017, reaching a new record high. New York state’s economy has also now added more than one million private sector jobs since the beginning of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration (in 2011),” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, director of the New York state Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

For New York state, during the week that included July 12, 2017, there were 125,536 people who received benefits under the regular Unemployment Insurance program, the Department of Labor said. Officials said that state residents who received Unemployment Insurance benefits made up 25 percent of the total unemployed.