The unemployment rate in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area was 7.1 percent in January. That's up from 5.9 percent in December and 5.1 percent last January.
The numbers appear a little worse than they might otherwise look because the labor department includes Schoharie County in the Capital Region's metro area -- and Schoharie's unemployment rate was 11.3 percent in January. The other counties were all between 6.7 (Albany and Saratoga) and 7.6 (Rensselaer).
Statewide, the unemployment rate was 7 percent. Nationally, it was 7.6 percent.
For some perspective, we've put together a 10 year chart of Capital Region unemployment. It really shows how far outside "normal" we are right now.
Big chart notes: 10 year data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics -- except for the last two months listed. That data is from the NY Department of Labor. Recession data from NBER. Data was not seasonally adjusted.
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