Counties with the highest unemployment rate in New York

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August 8, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in New York

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in New York using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Rensselaer County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 83,168 (2,465 unemployed)
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#49. Essex County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 17,400 (516 unemployed)
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#48. Chenango County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 22,323 (662 unemployed)
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#47. Tioga County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 22,570 (670 unemployed)
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#46. Washington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 28,637 (854 unemployed)

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#45. Suffolk County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 808,890 (24,330 unemployed)
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#44. Sullivan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 38,807 (1,180 unemployed)
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#43. Warren County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 32,515 (989 unemployed)
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#42. Albany County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 161,382 (4,913 unemployed)
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#41. Ulster County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 89,294 (2,724 unemployed)

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#40. Wayne County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 43,761 (1,336 unemployed)
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#39. Dutchess County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 147,175 (4,503 unemployed)
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#38. Livingston County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 30,511 (936 unemployed)
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#37. Otsego County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 27,760 (856 unemployed)
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#36. Madison County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 33,025 (1,026 unemployed)

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#35. Schuyler County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,404 (265 unemployed)
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#34. Westchester County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 499,158 (15,813 unemployed)
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#33. Cayuga County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 35,866 (1,145 unemployed)
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#32. Orange County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 191,188 (6,104 unemployed)
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#31. Schoharie County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 14,902 (478 unemployed)

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#30. Lewis County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 12,034 (387 unemployed)
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#29. Franklin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 19,519 (631 unemployed)
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#28. Clinton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.8%
-Total Labor Force: 35,390 (1,145 unemployed)
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#27. Schenectady County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 78,893 (2,612 unemployed)
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#26. Greene County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 20,628 (683 unemployed)

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#25. Onondaga County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 225,782 (7,491 unemployed)
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#24. Steuben County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 42,379 (1,408 unemployed)
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#23. Delaware County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 19,023 (660 unemployed)
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#22. Jefferson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 45,555 (1,582 unemployed)
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#21. Oneida County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 102,004 (3,550 unemployed)

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#20. Monroe County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 368,494 (12,911 unemployed)
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#19. Erie County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 451,168 (16,176 unemployed)
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#18. Chemung County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 35,375 (1,284 unemployed)
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#17. Cortland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 22,094 (803 unemployed)
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#16. Allegany County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 19,537 (711 unemployed)

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#15. Niagara County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 99,419 (3,631 unemployed)
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#14. Herkimer County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.3%
-Total Labor Force: 27,820 (1,021 unemployed)
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#13. Cattaraugus County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 34,005 (1,255 unemployed)
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#12. Chautauqua County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 53,956 (1,993 unemployed)
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#11. Orleans County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.9%
-Total Labor Force: 17,298 (644 unemployed)

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#10. Broome County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 83,668 (3,131 unemployed)
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#9. Fulton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 22,973 (864 unemployed)
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#8. Montgomery County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 22,401 (875 unemployed)
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#7. Oswego County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 53,257 (2,146 unemployed)
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#6. St. Lawrence County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 42,834 (1,737 unemployed)

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#5. Manhattan

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 889,799 (43,096 unemployed)
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#4. Staten Island

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.6%
-Total Labor Force: 219,429 (12,463 unemployed)
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#3. Queens

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -4.7%
-Total Labor Force: 1,106,883 (63,005 unemployed)
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#2. Brooklyn

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -4.5%
-Total Labor Force: 1,171,702 (73,232 unemployed)
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#1. Bronx

- Current Unemployment rate: 8.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -6.0%
-Total Labor Force: 586,295 (49,161 unemployed)

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