Capital Region unemployment rate up

capital region unemployment 2009-12

The Capital Region's unemployment rate since the start of the recession.

The Capital Region's unemployment rate was 7 percent in December, according to the state Department of Labor. That's up from 6.7 percent in November -- and 5.9 percent in December 2008 (that's the best comparison because the numbers are seasonally adjusted).

The number that strikes us about the unemployment data is the raw total: more than 31,000 people are unemployed in the Capital Region.

The labor department includes Schoharie County in the Capital Region rate, which probably skews things a bit. Schoharie's unemployment rate was pegged at 9.2 percent in December. The county-by-county breakdown is after the jump.

The state's overall unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in December, up from 8.4 percent the month before and 6.8 percent a year ago.

State unemployment rate corrected Friday morning.

Comments

During the great depression, the unused workforce formed unemployment unions to prevent against the worst sorts of oppression felt by people in such a sensitive position. The time may be ripe for that form of organization again, to refuse evictions and ensure that everyone is being given a fair chance to get jobs as they become available, as well as to take on volunteer work and start their own work projects.

I think you may have a typo in the sentence: "The state's overall unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in December, up from 9.4 percent the month before and 7.1 percent a year ago."

Editors: Thanks for the heads-up. It looks like we inadvertently pulled the numbers from the national line in the table. It's fixed now.

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