Monday, April 5, 2021


Unemployment rates remain elevated
a year after the COVID-19 pandemic struck locally in the GLOW region

The state Department of Labor has released its unemployment statistics for February 2021. They show rates remain at least a full percentage point higher compared to the same time in 2020. Data includes:
■Wyoming County’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, equivalent to about 1,300 people. That compared to 6.1 percent, or about 1,100 people in Feburary 2020.
■Genesee County’s unemployment rate was 6.6 percent, equivalent to about 1,900 people. That compared to 5 percent, or about 1,500 people in February 2020.
■Orleans County’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, equivalent to about 1,300 people. That compared to 5.9 percent, or about 1,000 people, in February 2020.


Other counties for comparisons:
■Livingston County’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, or about 1,900 people. That compared to 5.1 percent, or about 1,600 people, in Feburary 2020.
■Niagara County led the region’s unemployment rate in February, at 8.3 percent, or about 8,000 people. That compared to 5.9 percent, or 5,900 people in February 2020.
Chautauqua County trailed closely behind at 8.2 percent, or about 4,300 people. That compared to 5.8 percent, or 3,100 people in February 2020.
■Bronx County had the state’s highest unemployment rate in February, at 17.7 percent, or about 104,800 people. That compared to 5.1 percent, or about 30,900 people in February 2020.
■Tomkins County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in February, at 5.3 percent, or about 2,600 people. That compared to 3.6 percent, or about 1,800 people in February, 2020.
■The statewide unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in February, or about 833,300 people. That compared to 4.1 percent, or about 394,300 people in February 2020.


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