By Debra J. Groom
Oswego County’s unemployment rate remains in double digits for February 2014.
Although the rate is down from a year ago, it is still one of the highest in the state.
In February 2013, the jobless rate was 11.7 percent, while in February 2014, it was 10 percent.
The February 2014 rate of 10 percent is up from the January 2014 rate of 9.7 percent.
All unemployment rates in Central New York counties for February 2014 are down from a year ago.
Chris White, speaking for the state Labor Department, said Oswego County has been hit harder than other counties with losses in the manufacturing sector.
“But officials and other companies there are working much harder to get more manufacturing jobs into the county,” he said.
The lowest jobless rate in the state for February is Tompkins County at 4.9 percent. The highest is the Bronx at 12 percent.
The highest rates after the Bronx are Lewis County at 10.9 percent, Jefferson at 10.5 percent, Orleans at 10.2 percent and Hamilton and Oswego at 10 percent.
A report issued by the state Labor Department shows Oswego County lose about 500 jobs in manufacturing, financial activities and natural resources-construction in the 12 months ending in February 2014.
The county gained more than 1,000 jobs in that 12-month period in leisure and hospitality and about 500 jobs in trade, transportaion and utilities.
Some of the expanding or growing businesses mentioned in the labor report are Sunoco, Oswego REcycling, Fulton Cos., K&N Foods, Champlain Valley Specialty, Novelis, Teti Bakery, F.W. Webb Co. and Little Luke’s Day Care.
The unemployment rate in Oswego County was at its lowest point in April through December 2013. It went up to 9.7 percent in January 2014 and now again to 10 percent in February 2014.