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Yates unemployment is 7.2 percent; 8.3 percent in Schuyler

    YATES COUNTY—In Yates County, the unemployment rate in December, 2011, was 7.2 percent.  According to the Department of Labor, this is up slightly from December, 2010, where 6.8 percent of the county was unemployed.
    In comparison, New York state’s unemployment rate was 8 percent in December, 2011.  This is equal with the previous December, also at 8 percent.  The national average is down, 8.3 percent in December of 2011, from 9.1 percent in December of 2010.
    The unemployment rate for Schuyler County in December went down from last year.
    The labor department reports that the unemployment rate for last year’s December was 8.3 percent.  The 2010 December number was 8.7 percent.  The year before that, December’s rates was 9.6 percent, a record high since 1990 for December.
    The December, 2011, unemployment rate in Steuben was 9.1 percent.  This is also down over 2010, when it was 9.7 percent.
    Elizabeth Russell-Orr, Workforce Development program supervisor, explained they have seen more people coming to the agency for help getting a job.  Workforce Development offers training and courses for unemployed workers: ranging from resuming writing, job fairs, skills assessment, and apprenticeship programs.  She explained they just ended a week-long workshop specialized for people with a solid work history who are still having trouble finding a job.  Russell-Orr said she has seen more workers with this background coming for help.
    “The longer you’re unemployed, the more difficult it is to get back into the workforce,” Russell-Orr said.
    She suggested that even if it is not the dream job, people should get what work they can.  She explained they can still look for a better job, but at least then they are also employed.




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