County's unemployment rate the lowest its been in 17 months
Submitted by Howard Owens on June 23, 2010 - 7:30am
Genesee County's unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in May, four points lower than May 2009, and five points lower than April.
Batavia's unemployment rate is the best its been since November, 2008, when the rate was 6.0.
The official numbers confirm anecdotal evidence of an improving employment picture provided last week by Scott Gage, director of the Genesee County Career Center.
The positive trend is ahead of the curve for New York State, which saw only a one point improvement in the job picture, with the state going from 8.4 to 8.3 year-over-year.
Genesee County is also faring better than all of the surrounding counties, which continue to have unemployment rates of at least 7 percent, with Wyoming and Orleans counties above 8 percent.
The Buffalo area's 7.6 percent unemployment rate is the best it's been since December 2008, when the rate was 6.8 percent. Rochester's rate of 7.3 percent is also a big improvement over the previous 16 months.