The unemployment rate in upstate counties continues to push down the overall unemployment rate for New York state as a whole, according to figures released this week by the state Department of Labor.
New York is struggling to regain all the jobs lost in the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, and most jobs are not expected to fully recover in the next few years.
The statewide unemployment rate is 4.3%, but New York City’s unemployment rate remains one percentage point higher at 5.3%, according to a report by the State Department of Labor.
But some counties in upstate New York have seen unemployment rates drop. His December unemployment rate in Hudson Valley, Capital Region and Finger Lakes counties was less than his 3%.
For example, the Dutchess County unemployment rate was 2.5%. Saratoga County had him at 2.3%. Ontario County he had 2.7%.
New York’s economy is also being watched closely for possible recession in the aftermath of the pandemic.