Chautauqua County Unemployment Rate Reaches All-Time High

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MAYVILLE – The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County reached an all-time high last month.

The New York State Labor Department Wednesday said figures show that the county’s jobless rate was 15.5%, up 9.4% from the month prior.

This is the first time the county’s unemployment rate surpassed the 10% mark since February 2010.

Much of the jump is blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent NY on PAUSE order.

Statewide from April 2019 to April 2020, the private sector employment count decreased by 1,834,800.

The released data also shows the number of private-sector jobs in the State is 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.

Federally, more than 40 million Americans have filed for first-time unemployment benefits since the Coronavirus pandemic forced the US economy to shut down in March.

Another 2.1 million people filed initial jobless claims last week, the Department of Labor reported Thursday morning.

It was the tenth-straight week in which claims were in the millions. America had never recorded a single week of 1 million jobless claims prior to the coronavirus crisis.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits nationwide for consecutive weeks rose to 21.1 million.


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