New York State releases local August 2020 unemployment rates

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FILE – In this July 18, 2020 file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif. California’s unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — The New York State Department of Labor has released preliminary local unemployment rates for August.

The DOL released preliminary rates calculated through United State Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to new data, compared to August 2019, August 2020 the State’s private sector employment count decreased by 1,096,900.

For the North Country, the Watertown-Fort Drum metropolitan area saw an increase in unemployment rates from August 2019 to August 2020.

North Country county unemployment rates are as followed:

  • Jefferson: 9.2%
  • Lewis: 7.3%
  • St. Lawrence: 8.8%

August 2020 local metropolitan area unemployment rates compared to August 2019:

AreaAugust 2020August 2019
Albany- Sechenectady-Troy8.83.8
Binghamton9.44.6
Buffalo-Niagara Falls10.84.5
Dutchess-Putnam9.43.8
Elmira9.64.3
Glens Falls8.23.6
Ithaca7.24.0
Kingston9.34.0
Nassau-Suffolk10.53.9
New York City16.34.2
Orange-Rockland-Westchester10.84.1
Rochester9.94.3
Syracuse9.84.2
Utica-Rome9.34.3
Watertown-Fort Drum9.25.1
Non-metro counties8.84.2

The data in the preceding table are not seasonally adjusted, which means they reflect seasonal influences.

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