Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In January, unemployment in the city of Lockport was the highest it has been in years.
About 1,200 people started the year without a job, the highest since January 2011, the state labor department reported Tuesday. That was higher than the 1,000 reported unemployed in December and the 1,100 in January 2012.
Lockport’s unemployment rate for January, 11 percent, is the highest reported since February 2010. In December the city’s rate was 9.6 percent and 10.5 percent a year ago.
Tuesday’s report comes a few days after the labor department said New York had added 29,600 private sector jobs in January, setting a record with a 17th consecutive month of adding private sector jobs. The number of private sector jobs in the state increased by 102,600, or 1.4 percent since January 2012.
The Buffalo Niagara Falls region added 3,500 jobs over the past 12 months, a 0.7 percent increase, its strongest growth since October, the labor department said.
The number of unemployed in Niagara County jumped to 11,800 in January, up from 10,200 in December and 11,000 a year ago. The unemployment rate went up to 10.6 percent, up from 9.2 percent in December and 10 percent in January 2012.
Statewide, New York had 898,600 people unemployed in January, with a rate of 8.4 percent. That was higher than the 788,300 reported in December, an 8.2 percent rate, as well as the 868,400 unemployed in January 2012, when the rate was 9.1 percent.
The nation had 13.1 million people unemployed in January, up from 11.8 million in December and less than the 13.5 million reported a year ago. The country’s unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in January, higher than the 7.6 percent reported in December but below the 8.8 percent from January 2012.
In 2012, the city averaged 1,000 unemployed residents and the unemployment rate was about 9.4 percent. Niagara County averaged 10,000 unemployed residents and a 9 percent unemployment rate.