County Unemployment Drops

In October, the unemployment rate in Chautauqua County dropped slightly.

According to the state Labor Department, in October, the unemployment rate for Chautauqua County was at 7.4 percent, .1 percent lower than it was in September and .8 percent lower than October of last year.

New York state’s unemployment rate was at 7.7 percent for October. The nation had a 7.3 percent unemployment rate. Both the state and the country’s unemployment rates rose by .1 percent from September to October, although both rates are lower than they were a year ago by .8 percent and .7 percent, respectively.

In October of last year, 5,200 people were unemployed in Chautauqua County. That number decreased by 600, or 12 percent, to 4,600 people this October. While number of people employed in Chautauqua County did not change from October 2012, it rose from 57,400 in September of this year to 57,800 in October.

Statewide, education and health services gained the most jobs, 48,000, since last year, and 33,800 since September for a growth rate of .5 percent. Other job sectors with job gains included: professional and business services with 27,400 jobs; leisure and hospitality with 21,800 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities with 18,800 jobs; construction with 7,500 jobs; other services with 3,700 jobs; and financial activities with 300 jobs.

“The New York state economy continued to grow during September and October 2013, adding a total of 33,800 private sector jobs. Since the state’s economic recovery began in late 2009, we have added more than 500,000 private sector jobs,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

The government lost 14,400 jobs from last year in New York. Other sectors with job loss include: manufacturing with 12,300 jobs; information with 2,300 jobs; and natural resources and mining with 300 jobs.