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ALBANY, NY- It’s no shock how high the unemployment numbers are from April, as the coronavirus has put several North Country people out of work for the time being.

With multiple businesses still closed or only operating with minimal activity, Lewis County’s unemployment rate went up to nearly 14.5%, compared to being only at 6% the same month last year.

The Oneida County unemployment rating went from nearly 4% last year up to 15.1% this year. For the Utica-Rome area, numbers reflected very similar with an increase from 4.1 to 15.1%.

Herkimer County increased nearly the same from 4.5 to 15%.

For Jefferson County, including the Watertown-Fort Drum area, unemployment numbers spiked to nearly 17%, while only being just shy of 5.5% last year.

From April 2019 to April 2020, the State’s private sector employment count decreased by 1,834,800.

In April 2020, the number of private sector jobs in the State was 6,467,600.

The State’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers, which is conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition, the State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4.1% to 14.5% in April 2020. 

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