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.
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.