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Schuyler unemployment is 7.1 percent

SCHUYLER COUNTY—Tourism and seasonal employment have been bringing Schuyler County’s unemployment rates down since January.
According to the New York State Department of Labor, Schuyler County’s unemployment rate for June (the latest month available) is 7.1 percent.  Six months prior to that in January, the unemployment the rate was 10.6 percent.  Schuyler is also below the current state average for unemployment: 8.2 percent.
Schuyler’s unemployment made a drop from last year in June.  The DOL reported that in June, 2009, the county’s unemployment rate was 7.7 percent.  Meanwhile, in 2008, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent.  Whether this June or last year’s June, it is the highest unemployment since  June of 1992 and 1993.
In surrounding counties, the unemployment rate is both above and below Schuyler County.  According to DOL, Yates County’s unemployment rate is 6.2 percent.  Chemung County is at 7.9 percent.  Steuben County is currently at 9 percent.  All are also down from last year at this time.
The DOL releases labor statistics monthly and quarterly. 


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