Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — While its unemployment rate rose last month, the City of Lockport saw the number of jobless residents remain about the same, figures released Tuesday by the state labor department indicate.
About 800 residents were unemployed in November, the same total reported in October and September. It was also about 100 less than what was reported in November 2012.
But, the unemployment rate rose to 7.8 percent last month, up from 7.3 percent in October. Still, it was better than what was reported a year ago, when Lockport’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent.
Typically, this happens when fewer people are looking for work. Those who don’t actively look for a job during the month are not counted in that month’s unemployed total. Lockport’s labor force was 1,800 in November.
In Niagara County, the opposite thing happened. The unemployment rate stayed flat at 7.1 percent, (but was below November 2012’s 8.3 percent,) but the number of unemployed resident grew by 100 to 7,900. About 9,200 were without a job at this time last year.
During the month of November, the county’s labor force grew by 200, while the number of those employed grew by 100.
Bronx County had the highest unemployment rate of any county in New York, with a reported 11.2 percent in November. Tompkins County, located near the Finger Lakes, had the lowest at 4.4 percent.
The entire Buffalo Niagara Falls region saw a drop in the unemployment. November’s rate came in at 6.7 percent with 38,200 jobless, besting October’s marks of 7 percent and 40,100.
That kept last week’s good news going. It was reported that last month the region added jobs at its highest pace in almost two years and pushed its total job count above its November 2008 level, which is when the Great Recession began.
According to November figures the state Labor Department released on Thursday, the region added 7,200 total jobs over the past 12 months, as well as 7,400 private sector jobs.
All of that led to a job count of 562,800, exceeding the November 2008 level, in which the region’s total job count was about 562,000.
John Slenker, a labor market analyst, said the region did well, and even better considering the growth spanned a variety of industries.
“An economist likes to see growth, but you get leery when the growth is in one or two sectors, recovery would be fragile,” Slenker said. “This is across the board ... growth rates are stable.”
As reported last week, the state’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in November. The number of unemployed New Yorkers also decreased over the month from 739,800 in October to 716,000 in November.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.