If you live anywhere but the Bronx the news was good as the statewide Unemployment rate was 7.7 percent. There was good news in many upstate counties where the average unemployment rate dropped from 10 percent to 8.6 percent. The New York City Metropolitan area as a whole saw unemployment rates drop from 8.5 to 7.8 percent. The county in New York State that had the lowest unemployment rate was Thompkins County which came in at an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. In contrast the unemployment rate in the Bronx for the February reporting was at 12 percent.