As national and state joblessness declined, Cayuga County's unemployment rate increased slightly in January, according to the latest report from the state Department of Labor.
The Cayuga County January 2018 unemployment rate of 6.4 percent was up from 6.3 percent for the same month in 2017. The local figure also exceeded the statewide (5.1 percent) and nationwide (4.5 percent) rates for the same month. Those figures were not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations.
Cayuga County's figures came from a decrease in the number of employed residents, down by 200 to 33,500. The number of unemployed residents, at 2,300, remained flat compared with the prior year.
The Cayuga County rate ranked 33rd lowest out of 62 counties in New York state. Queens County had the lowest figure at 4.0 percent while Hamilton County posted the highest at 11.4 percent.
In a separate report released last week, the labor department reported that employers in Cayuga County filled 24,200 jobs in January, down by 500 from 2017. Private sector positions, at 18,100, decreased by 700 while government positions were up by 200.