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Capital Region jobless rate tied for lowest in state at 3.4%

Capital Region jobless rate tied for lowest in state at 3.4%

Unemployment rate was slightly lower in September 2018
Capital Region jobless rate tied for lowest in state at 3.4%
Source: New York State Department of Labor
Photographer: Kathryn Hume/Gazette Graphics

ALBANY — The Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan statistical area was tied for the lowest jobless rate in the state in September, at 3.4 percent, the state Department of Labor said Tuesday.

Also coming in at 3.4 percent were the Kingston and Long Island metro regions. The Glens Falls metro was tied for second-lowest at 3.5 percent.

The preliminary unemployment statistics for counties statewide showed Columbia County lowest at 2.8 percent and Saratoga County second-lowest at 3.1 percent. Bronx County was highest at 5.1 percent.

The estimates show that the September 2019 jobless rates in the Capital Region and in each of its counties were the same or a few tenths of a percentage point higher than the unemployment rates in September 2018. The actual number of employed people was lower in the Capital Region and all of its counties except Montgomery and Schoharie.

The following numbers show the county jobless rate and number of people employed in September 2019, and the change of each statistic from a year earlier:

  • Albany 3.4% +0.2% 153K -0.3K
  • Fulton 4.4% +0.2% 21.6K -0.1K
  • Montgomery 4.4% +0.3% 21.5K +0.2K
  • Rensselaer 3.5% +0.1% 78.2K -0.2K
  • Saratoga 3.1% +0.0% 114.8K -0.2K
  • Schenectady 3.6% +0.0% 73.2K -0.2K
  • Schoharie 3.8% +0.1% 14.2K +0.1K
  • Albany Metro 3.4% +0.1% 433.4K -0.8K
  • New York state 3.7% +0.1% 9.19M -11.1K
  • United States 3.3% -0.3% 158.5M +2.3M
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