CAPITAL REGION — The unemployment rate in the Capital Region was 3.2% in April, down from 3.8% in the same month a year ago.
The state Department of Labor on Tuesday released its April 2019 jobless estimates for counties and regions statewide. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area had one of the lower numbers in the state and also was slightly lower than the nation as a whole.
Statewide, the jobless rate ranged from 2.9% in Nassau and Columbia counties to 7.8% in Hamilton County. Locally, the 3.0% jobless rate in Saratoga County tied for second-lowest in New York.
Meanwhile, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro had 4,200 more non-agricultural jobs in April 2019 than in April 2018, nearly half of them in the leisure and hospitality sector.
The counties in the greater Capital Region all saw their unemployment rates drop from 12 months earlier. The following chart shows the rate in April 2019 and in April 2018:
- Albany 3.2% 3.7%
- Fulton 4.5% 5.2%
- Montgomery 4.6% 5.2%
- Rensselaer 3.3% 3.9%
- Saratoga 3.0% 3.6%
- Schenectady 3.4% 4.0%
- Schoharie 4.1% 5.1%
- Albany metro 3.2% 3.8%
- N.Y. state 3.6% 4.0%
- United States 3.3% 3.7%