Unemployment numbers also increase in Allegany, Livingston counties
Three local counties all have higher jobless rates than they did 12 months ago, according to the latest state unemployment data.
The New York state Department of Labor released jobless rates for the state’s 62 counties on Tuesday.
Steuben County’s unemployment rate inched up in February to 7.4 percent after it was 7.3 in January and 7 percent in February 2017.
Steuben is tied with four other counties for the 42nd best unemployment rate in the state.
In Allegany County, the jobless rate is a full point higher than Steuben’s — coming in at 8.4 percent last month. That’s down slightly from January when it was 8.6 percent but is elevated compared to February 2017 when it was at 7.9 percent. Only three counties out of 62 in the state came in with higher jobless rates than Allegany in February.
Livingston County’s 6.4 percent rate for February is good for 29th best in the state. The county’s unemployment rate was 6.2 in January. It was also 6.2 percent in February 2017.
The lowest unemployment rate in New York state belongs to Queens County at 3.8, while the highest is held by Hamilton, where the the jobless number is 12.5 percent.
The labor department said that Steuben County, which is part of the Southern Tier Region, had 39,600 people counted as employed in February and 3,200 listed as unemployed. Those same categories for February 2017 were 40,200 residents with jobs and 3,000 people unemployed.
There are no big fluctuations of gains or losses over the 12-month period in Steuben, reflective of modest 0.4 percent increase in unemployment. Government employment actually rose slightly from February 2017, when the state reported 8,400 people working in the public sector, compared to 8,500 last month.
As for private sector job holders, the labor department reports a 12-month decrease of about 100, from 28,900 in February 2017 to 28,800 last month. The tallies are rounded to the nearest 100, mitigating the significance of the small decline.
The region-wide unemployment rate also went up over 12 months. The Southern Tier unemployment rate stands at 6.7 compared to 6.3 percent a year ago. There were 800 more people counted as unemployed in Southern Tier this February compared to last February: 19,100 in February 2018 and 18,300 in February 2017.
Allegany County, part of the Western Region, shows 18,300 employed and 1,700 unemployed last month. The numbers for February 2017 were 18,800 with jobs and 1,600 unemployed. The regional unemployment rate was 6.4 percent last month and 6.2 percent in February 2017.
Livingston County is grouped with the Rochester Region. The number of residents employed in February was 29,200, 200 fewer than February 2017. The region’s jobless rate was 5.9 percent last month, compared to 5.6 percent a year ago.