Steuben and Livingston counties’ identical 4 percent July unemployment rates placed them tied for 31st best among the state’s 62 counties last month.
According to Department of Labor data released last week, the two local counties and three others — Cayuga, Chenango and Otsego — are in middle of the pack in terms of unemployment in New York State but they are closer to the best mark than they are to the worst.
Columbia County’s 2.9 percent July unemployment rate was the state’s lowest, while Bronx County at 6.1 percent was the highest in New York, the labor department reported. Bronx was the only county in the state with unemployment above 6 percent while Columbia is the only county below 3 percent.
Allegany County, with a jobless rate of 5.1 percent, ranked 59th and is one of only four counties in the state with unemployment above 5 percent. In addition to Bronx County, the others are Oswego (5.1%) and St. Lawrence (5.5%).
Unemployment rates were generally on the rise last month compared to June. The Steuben County jobless rate rose after being at 3.7 percent in June, the labor department said.
In Allegany County, the rate was 4.7 percent in June while Livingston County had a rate of 3.6 percent.