December Unemployment http://wamc.org en Unemployment Stats: Read Between The Lines http://wamc.org/post/unemployment-stats-read-between-lines <p>The state Labor Department says New York’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.4 percent to 7.1 percent in December, its lowest level since January 2009. Numbers for the Capital Region tell a slightly different story...</p><p></p><p>The unemployment rate in the Capital Region fell to a low of 5.4 percent in December. That's lowest number for the 12th month of the year since 2007 - but the number of workers making up the labor force stands at about 437,000, the lowest December figure since 2000.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:25:50 +0000 Dave Lucas 82810 at http://wamc.org Unemployment Stats: Read Between The Lines Berkshire County Unemployment Rate Now Higher Than Mass. Statewide Average http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-county-unemployment-rate-now-higher-mass-statewide-average <p></p><p>According to state officials in Massachusetts, the unemployment rose to 6.7% in December, and for the Berkshires, the unemployment rate is now above the state average.</p><p></p><p>Although the numbers released by the State Executive Office of Labor and Workforce development are not seasonally adjusted, the Berkshires now face an unemployment rate at 6.6% That’s up half a percentage point from October and November, and the highest it’s been since February 2012.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:05:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 56369 at http://wamc.org Berkshire County Unemployment Rate Now Higher Than Mass. Statewide Average Vermont Unemployment Drops to 5.1 Percent http://wamc.org/post/vermont-unemployment-drops-51-percent <p></p><p></p><p>The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of one percentage point in December to 5.1 percent.<br><br>Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says the recovery from the Great Recession has been slower than from past economic slowdowns, but progress is being made. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:15:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 56087 at http://wamc.org Vermont Unemployment Drops to 5.1 Percent