The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for December 2013, which 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 a telephone survey of 3,100 households (out of more than 7 million) in New York State.
The state’s private sector job count increased by 109,900 from December 2012 to December 2013. As reported last week, the state’s unemployment rate was 7.1% in December 2013. The economy added 10,400 private sector jobs in December 2013, bringing the state’s job count to a record high of 7,503,700.
- The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
- Tompkins County (4.1%)
- Nassau County (4.8%)
- Putnam County (4.8%)
- Rockland County (4.9%)
- The counties in New York State with the highest unemployment rates include:
- Bronx County (10.6%)
- Hamilton County (9.1%)
- Jefferson County (9.1%)
- Lewis County (8.9%)