Unemployment In Chautauqua County Drops In April

The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County was lower this April than it was in 2013.

According to the state Labor Department, Chautauqua County’s unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in April, down from 7.8 percent last year. This is a net change of 1.5 percent. The number of unemployed residents in the county is also lower than last year. There were 4,800 unemployed residents in Chautauqua County in April 2013. This year, there were 3,700, a decrease of 1,100 or 22.9 percent.

The number of employed residents also decreased from last year. In April 2013, there were 56,100 employed residents in Chautauqua County. This April, there was 55,700 employed residents, a decrease of 400 or .7 percent.

The job sector with the largest increase in employment from last year was in education and health services, which gained 32,200 jobs. Six other job sectors also increased in employment: trade, transportation and utilities gained 22,400 jobs; professional and business services gained 19,900 jobs; leisure and hospitality gained 15,000 jobs; construction gained 6,600 jobs; other services gained 3,800 jobs; and information gained 700 jobs.

Four job sectors decreased in the number of employees. Manufacturing lost 5,900 jobs, government lost 4,000 jobs, financial activities lost 1,100 jobs and natural resources and mining lost 100 jobs.

Statewide, the state’s unemployment rate fell by .2 percent to 6.7 percent, its lowest level since December 2008. In addition, New York state’s number of unemployed residents fell by 122,100 to 584,700. The federal government calculates New York’s unemployment rate partly based upon the results of a monthly telephone survey of 3,100 households in the state conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“New York state’s economy continued to grow in April as it added 2,500 private sector jobs. This marked the 17th consecutive month of private sector employment gains. In addition, the state’s jobless rate and the number of unemployed state residents in April reached their lowest levels since late 2008,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

The state’s overall private sector job count rose to 7,543,000, an all-time high. The 17-month streak is the longest since at least 1990, as far as records go back. New York remains one of only 17 states to have regained all of the private sector jobs lost during the recession.