For the second straight month, the unemployment rate in Cayuga County was up from a year ago.
The county's July jobless rate reached 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in the same month of 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor. The local rate in June, at 4.6 percent, had also been a 10th of a percentage point higher than the prior-year level.
Cayuga County's unemployment rate was above the national level of 4.6 percent and even with the New York state rate. Those figures were not adjusted for typical fluctuations based on seasons.
According to the labor department, Cayuga County had 35,100 employed residents last month, down by 1,000 from the previous year. The number of unemployed residents was flat at 1,800.
The Cayuga County rate was 34th lowest in the state out of 62 counties. Columbia County had the lowest rate at 3.6 percent, while St. Lawrence County's 6.9-percent rate was the highest.
In a separate report issued last week, the labor department said employers in Cayuga County filled 26,200 jobs in July, a decrease of 600. The losses all came from the private sector, for which 20,100 jobs were reported.