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Yates unemployment is at 6.3 percent

TRI-COUNTY AREA—Unemployment is always up in the winter months for this area, and it is expected to climb still in the coming months.
Tammy Marino, market analyst for the New York State Department of Labor, said unemployment typically increases beginning in January and continues until the spring. Christian Harris, market analyst for the New York State Department of Labor, said the unemployment rate will probably increase .8 percent in Schuyler County, an average based on the increase at the start of previous years. Marino said this is because construction and vineyard work decreases during this time.
However, Marino added that the wineries add an economic boost. Both Harris and Marino said unemployment throughout the year in this area is better than in the rest of the country. Yates County’s current unemployment rate for November, the most recent month the DOL has, is 6.3 percent. September had the lowest unemployment rate for Yates County in 2009, with 6.1 percent. However, unemployment is still up compared to the previous year. In 2008, Yates County’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in November, a difference of 1.2 percent.
In Schuyler County, November’s unemployment rate was 8.1 percent. Harris said Schuyler County’s unemployment rate is in the middle of all 62 counties in New York. Harris said Schuyler is in 32 place, with Allegany and Broome Counties. It is up from 2008’s November rate of 6.5 percent. Like Yates County, Schuyler had the year low during the summer, of 7.3 percent in August.
In Steuben County, November’s unemployment rate was 9.4 percent. According to the DOL, this is also up a little from October’s 9.6 percent. It is also up from 6.9 percent in November of 2008.
In comparison, the unemployment rate for the Finger Lakes in November, 2009, was 7.6 percent. The unemployment rate for the Southern Tier was 7.9 percent and for the state was 8.4 percent.
Harris said he has heard positive talk and “thawing of sentiment” when it comes to employment in the future. He explained that already some businesses in the area are rehiring staff. However, Harris said it is usually part time, whereas the person was full time before. Marino said new layoffs are currently slowing, but the Finger Lakes area has yet to see much new hiring.

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