The Capital Region had a 4.6 percent unemployment rate in February, unchanged from January but slightly higher than the 4.5 percent rate reported in February 2016.
The state Department of Labor announced the statistics Tuesday, and the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan statistical area again enjoyed one of the lowest unemployment rates in New York state.
The statewide average jobless rate for metropolitan areas was 4.9 percent in February, and the average for counties outside designated metropolitan areas was 6.6 percent. Unemployment rates among the metropolitan areas ranged from 4.4 percent (Ithaca) to 8 percent (Watertown).
For counties in and around the Capital Region, the following unemployment rates were reported for February 2017 and February 2016, respectively:
Albany: 4.4, 4.3
Fulton: 6.8, 6.7
Montgomery: 6.9, 6.9
Rensselaer: 4.9, 4.8
Saratoga: 4.4, 4.3
Schenectady: 4.8, 4.7
Schoharie: 6.8, 6.5
The February 2017 unemployment rate was 5.1 percent for the state and 4.9 percent for the nation as a whole.