by Carol Thompson
Oswego County’s unemployment rate is on the rise once again, placing the county as one of six with the highest jobless rate in New York State.
The state Department of Labor recently released the figure for June, which shows the county’s jobless rate is at 10.9 percent. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.9 percent.
“Over the past year, the state had a decrease in the amount of initial unemployment insurance claims, and an increase in the labor force as more New Yorkers gained confidence in the economy,” the labor department said in a press release.
Claims dropped 8.5 percent from 92,628 in June 2011 to 84,738 in June 2012.
“Furthermore, the percentage of job seekers re-entering the labor force, or entering the labor force for the first time, increased 7 percent from June 2011 to June 2012,” the release states. “By comparison, the nation showed a two-percent increase during the same period.”
The county’s unemployment rate for May was at 10.2 percent, equal to the rate in June 2011.
The counties with the highest unemployment rate along with Oswego County include St. Lawrence, Orleans, Fulton, Bronx and Kings. The counties with the lowest unemployment include Hamilton, Putman, Saratoga, Tompkins, Rockland and Yates.
According to the Department of Labor, New York State’s economy added 15,400 private sector jobs in June. By comparison, the nation’s private sector job count increased by 84,000.
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