Capital Region

Unemployment claims top 100,000 in Capital Region even as jobless rate drops

Estimated statewide unemployment rate drops from 15.3% in April to 14.5% in May as COVID-19 pandemic eases
A food distribution event Monday in Milton
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A food distribution event Monday in Milton

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ALBANY — Across the Capital Region, 3,347 people filed for unemployment insurance in the week ending June 13, bringing to 100,463 the total number seeking jobless benefits in the seven counties since the COVID-19 crisis began.

In January, the state Department of Labor tallied 480,800 employed and reported unemployment rates of 4% to 6% in the region.

The Department of Labor released data Thursday tallying unemployment claims filed in individual counties from mid-March (when the COVID-19 crisis began to grip New York) through June 13.

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Here is a breakdown of Capital Region counties, with estimated number employed in January and number of jobless claims filed since March 14:

  • Albany 153,500 28,237
  • Fulton 21,700 5,142
  • Montgomery 21,300 5,740
  • Rensselaer 79,000 15,421
  • Saratoga 116,300 24,791
  • Schenectady 74,000 18,706
  • Schoharie 14,200 2,426
  • N.Y. State 9.14M 2.75M

Since mid-March, the industry sectors with the greatest number of job losses have been accommodation/food services (420,832 claims statewide), retail trade (313,055), health care/social assistance (300,637), administrative and support services (218,716) and construction/utilities (196,531).

The state Department of Labor said Thursday that the unemployment rate — which is an estimate calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics — was 14.5% for New York state in May, down from 15.3% a month earlier but up from 4.0% a year earlier.

Unemployment has been rampant since Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down large parts of the state’s economy in an effort to thwart the spread of the pandemic. With the virus on the wane, the economy is gradually restarting, region by region, and some people are getting back to work, especially outside New York City, where the economy was shut down for all of May.

The estimated jobless rate outside New York City dropped from 15.6% in April to 11.9% in May but climbed from 15.0% to 18.3% in New York City over the month.

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