Unemployment rates increased in December 2012 from the previous month in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties, according to the most recent data available from the state Department of Labor.
All three counties’ December 2012 jobless numbers were also higher than they were in December 2011.
Genesee County’s December 2012 unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, 0.8 of a percentage point more than it was in November. The county’s jobless rate in December 2011 was 8 percent.
Employment and jobless figures from December 2012 were released abut two weeks ago by the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figures were not adjusted for seasonal employment and do not include farm workers.
Wyoming County’s unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in December, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from November. It was also 1 percentage point more than it was in November 2011.
Orleans’ jobless rate increased to 10.9 percent in December, a .7 percentage point rise from November. It was 8.9 percent in December 2011.
Orleans’ jobless figures are usually among the worst among the state’s 62 counties and December’s data were no different. Orleans ranked 60th, ahead only of Oswego County, 11 percent, and the Bronx, 11.9 percent.
Genesee County’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate for December 2012 tied for 23rd with Otsego County. Wyoming’s 9.5 percent was 44th, the same as Greene, Kings and Warren counties.
Livingston County’s December 2012 jobless rate was 8.4 percent, an increase of 1.3 percent from the previous month. It was also 0.1 of a percentage point more than December 2011.
Livingston’s December jobless rate ranked 26th in the state.
The county with the lowest unemployment rate in December 2012 was Tompkins, 5.6 percent, followed by Putnam, 6.3 percent; Rockland, 6.6 percent and Nassau and Westchester, both at 7 percent.
The statewide jobless rate for December 2012 was 8.2 percent, an increase of .3 percentage points from November. It was also .2 percent decrease from November 2011.
The nationwide figures for the same period were December 2012, 7.6 percent; November 2012, 7.9 percent and December 2011, 8.3 percent.
There were approximately 1,180,000 unemployed workers in the state in December 2012, an increase of 40,000 from the previous month.
The state’s private sector added an estimated 123,200 jobs last year, according to the state DOL. That figure was adjusted to account for seasonal employment, according to state DOL chief of labor statistics Bohdan Wynnyk.