Unemployment Rises Again in Oswego County

Oswego County’s unemployment rate jumped again in July, making it the second-highest jobless rate in Upstate New York.

The county unemployment rate rose to 9.8% in July, up from 9.5% in June and 9.4% in July, 2009.

Across the state, most unemployment rates are lower in 2010 than they were in 2009, but that’s not the case in Oswego County.

In the county, 400 more people entered the labor market in July. 200 of them were listed as employed while the remaining 200 were listed as unemployed. People reentered the job market in part because Congress did not reauthorize an extension of emergency jobless benefits in time to keep some people from falling off the unemployment insurance rolls. Others exhausted their full 99 weeks of unemployment benefits.

The unemployment rate counts only those who have a job and those who do not have a job but are actively seeking one.

Oswego County’s jobs drought continues even as the state continues to recover, slowly, from the severe recession. The statewide jobless rate stayed steady from June to July but is below the level of a year ago. The same is true for the rate for the three-county Syracuse area.

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