Jobless rates down in area, state says

ALBANY – Unemployment rates fell from May 2012 to May of this year in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties, according to state Department of Labor data released this week.

Fulton County ranked No. 1 in May 2012 unemployment among the state’s 57 upstate counties. Montgomery County rated third in joblessness among upstate counties.

This year, both counties fell out of the top five jobless rankings in the state. They were Bronx (11.2), Lewis (9.3), Oswego (9.2), St. Lawrence (9.2) and Jefferson (9.0).

Fulton County’s unemployment rate fell from 10.5 percent in May 2012 to 8.9 percent in May 2013.

Montgomery County fell from 10.2 percent to 8.7 percent in May 2013.

Hamilton County’s rate fell from 9.2 percent in to 7.6 percent in May 2013.

While all three rates decreased, they remain higher than the state’s average 7.4 percent unemployment rate, which fell from the reported 8.4 percent in May 2012.

The national average rate fell from 7.9 percent in May 2012 to 7.3 percent this May.

The state calculates unemployment rates using the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 of the more than 7 million households in the state, according to the state Department of Labor’s website.

The state’s private-sector job count increased from May 2012 to May of this year by 104,200 jobs.

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