County Unemployment Rate Increases During November

While the state’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in November, the county’s increased by .3 percent.

On Wednesday, the state Labor Department released the preliminary November unemployment rate, which lowered from 4.8 percent in November 2016 to 4.7 percent in November. Chautauqua County’s rate increased from 5.8 percent in November 2016 to 6.1 percent in November.

The rates are calculated using methods prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rates rely in part on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York state each month.

From November 2016 to November, the state’s private sector job count increased by 109,300. In November 2017, the number of private sector jobs in the State was 8,098,400. The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers, which is conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“New York’s labor market strengthened in November 2017 as the state added 26,000 private sector jobs and saw its unemployment rate decline over the month to 4.7 percent,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, state Labor Department director of research and statistics.

The number of employed people in Chautauqua County stayed the same from November 2016 to November with 51,800 people working. The number of unemployed increased by 200 people going from 3,200 in November 2016 to 3,400 in November.