Unemployment in Oswego County is Upstate’s Highest

Unemployment in Oswego County ended 2010 where it began — with one in every nine people out of a job.

The jobless rate for December, 2010 was 11.1%, up sharply from November, when the jobless rate was 10%. That’s the highest jobless rate in all of Upstate New York, and second-highest in the state, behind the Bronx’ 12% unemployment rate.

It marked the third straight month of an increase in unemployment, reversing the slow but steady gains made in employment during the summer. The increase left the county’s jobless rate above 11 percent for the third time in 2010, marking a year that had the highest rates of unemployment since 1994.

The rise was caused primarily by a more than 10% increase in the numbers of people listed as unemployed. The number grew from 6,100 to 6,800 from November to December. At the same time, the number of people listed as having jobs fell by 400, to 54,200. Taken together, it means that the number of people either working or looking for work rose by 300 during the month, with most of those folks failing to find a job.

The state counts only those who have a job and those who do not have a job but are actively looking for one. People who stop looking for work are not counted as part of the labor force.

Statewide, the unemployment rate fell a tenth of a percent, to 8.2%

“Job growth in New York State has been inconsistent month to month during this economic recovery. The state’s economy lost 22,600 private sector jobs in December 2010. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 8.2% in December, remaining below the nation’s rate of 9.4%,” said Norman A. Steele, Deputy Director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

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