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Unemployment claims slow as NY economy starts to reopen

Unemployment claims slow as NY economy starts to reopen

Across the Capital Region, 93,666 have filed for benefits since COVID-19 hit in mid-March
Unemployment claims slow as NY economy starts to reopen
Wilhelmina Murray-Davis of CC MOVE takes inventory prior to the food distribution event Tuesday in Amsterdam
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ALBANY — Across the seven-county Capital Region, 93,666 people have filed for unemployment insurance since mid-March, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down large parts of the state’s economy amid the worsening COVID-19 crisis.

That’s 19.5% of the 480,800 people whom the state Department of Labor tallied as employed in the seven counties in January.

These counties had unemployment rates of 4% to 6% in January.


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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 in earnest) through May 30.

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

  • Albany 153,500 26,199
  • Fulton 21,700 4,833
  • Montgomery 21,300 5,372
  • Rensselaer 79,000 14,339
  • Saratoga 116,300 23,123
  • Schenectady 74,000 17,518
  • Schoharie 14,200 2,282
  • N.Y. State 9.14M 2.55M

All seven of these counties and the state as a whole saw a more than 50% decrease in claims filed the week ended May 30 over the week ending May 23.

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