Data: Jobless rate falls to 4.4% in Utica-Rome region


The unemployment rate in the Utica-Rome region declined from 5.6% in October 2020 to 4.4% in October of this year, according to labor data.

The unemployment rate also fell from 4.6% in September. 

Change in Non-farm Jobs since October 2020

For the 12-month period ending October 2021, the non-farm job count in the Utica-Rome region increased 2,700, or 2.3%, to 122,100. Private sector employment rose 3,500, or 3.9%, to 92,500. 

Job gains were posted in: leisure and hospitality (plus 1,900), manufacturing (plus 400), education and health services (plus 300), trade, transportation, and utilities (plus 300), and financial activities (plus 200).

Government (minus 800) was the only sector that lost jobs over the year with losses at the state and local levels.

The state unemployment rate for October was at 6 percent compared to the national unemployment rate of 4.3%.

When reviewing neighboring counties, unemployment rates declined from September to October in Herkimer County, from 5% in September to 4.8% in October.

Lewis County saw a slight increase in its unemployment rate, from 4% in September to 4.2% in October.

Both Madison and Jefferson counties’ unemployment rates remained steady from September through October, at 3.9% in Madison County, and 4.2% in Jefferson County.


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