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January 2016 Unemployment Rate [PDF] [PNG] 1

Map uploaded on March 10, 2016.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment numbers for New York State in New York State suggest the Hudson Valley economy going fairly strong, while the Tug Hill Plateau and the Adirondacks struggle to create jobs. I wonder if the particularly high unemployment rate in this region is in part due to the mild weather which has cut into snowmobiling, skiing, and other forms of winter recreation. The Western NY economy in contrast appears to be relatively strong in the month of January.

As a side note, in case your wondering why I am posting this data now, unemployment data in NY State is lagged about a month after the statistics are collected for processing. Unemployment numbers for January became available on March 3rd.

If you are interested in downloading the NYS Department of Labor Unemployment Data, you can get it from this month's press release. http://labor.ny.gov/stats/pressreleases/pruistat.shtm

For sake of contrast, here is the December 2015 numbers. Remember, these numbers are uncorrected for seasonal factors, and unemployment tends to increase after holiday retail and shipping jobs go away. http://andyarthur.org/map-december-2015-unemployment-rate.html#full-screen

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