Cayuga County's unemployment rate dropped last month compared with the prior year, but the decrease came as employers within the county filled fewer positions.
The state Department of Labor released data Tuesday putting the county jobless rate at 4.3 percent for October, down from 4.6 percent in the same month of 2016. The local rate was above the national rate (3.9 percent) but below the state rate (4.6 percent). The figures were not seasonally adjusted.
Cayuga County's unemployment percentage came from a decrease in the labor force. The number of employed residents dropped by 200 to 34,300, while the number of unemployed went down by 100 to 1,600.
Out of 62 counties in New York, Cayuga's October jobless rate was the 15th lowest. Columbia County had the smallest rate at 3.4 percent.
In a separate report issued last week, the labor department reported that employers within Cayuga County's borders filled 25,500 non-farm jobs in October, down by 500 from a year ago. Private sector jobs declined by 600 to 19,300, while government sector positions grew by 100.