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Capital Region unemployment rate slightly higher than summer

Capital Region unemployment rate slightly higher than summer

The Capital Region’s unemployment rate hit 4.2 percent in September, slightly lower than the 4.3 per
Capital Region unemployment rate slightly higher than summer
Hundreds line a section of Liberty Street in Schenectady during a Rivers Casino Job Fair on October 8.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

The Capital Region’s unemployment rate hit 4.2 percent in September, slightly lower than the 4.3 percent in September 2015 but higher than the spring and summer months of this year.

It’s a small rebound from the 3.7 percent jobless rate recorded in May 2016, which was the lowest in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Area since it hit 3.6 percent in May 2007.

Saratoga County once again led the Capital Region in September 2016. Saratoga’s 3.8 percent jobless rate tied with Hamilton County and its strong seasonal job market for second-lowest in the state. Columbia and Tompkins counties were lowest, at 3.7 percent.

For the rest of the counties in and around the Capital Region, the following unemployment rates were recorded in September 2016 and September 2015:

--Albany: 4.2; 4.3

--Fulton: 5.4; 6.0

--Montgomery: 5.3; 5.8

--Rensselaer: 4.2; 4.4

--Schenectady: 4.5; 4.6

--Schoharie: 4.9; 5.0

The highest September jobless rate in New York state was in Bronx County, at 7.8 percent, up from 6.7 percent a year earlier.

The state as a whole recorded a 5.1 percent jobless rate in September, up from 4.8 percent a year earlier, and the United States stood at 4.8 percent, down from 4.9 percent a year earlier.

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