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Cayuga County's unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in May, its lowest level for that month since 2008.

Data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor show that the county's monthly jobless rate was also below the state and national average of 5.3 percent. A year ago, Cayuga County May unemployment was 5.7 percent.

The local rate had not been lower in May since it was at 4.8 percent in 2008. Statewide, the lowest monthly unemployment belonged to Columbia County at 3.9 percent.

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The monthly figures were not adjusted for typical seasonal fluctuations.

The county numbers also showed improvement in both the number of residents classified as employed (up 400 to 36,000) and as unemployed (down 300 to 1,900).

In a separate report released last week, the labor department said Cayuga County employers filled 26,900 jobs in May, an increase of 200 over the previous year. The driver of that growth was the government sector, where jobs grew by 400 to 6,400. Private sector positions dropped by 200 to 20,500.

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