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Finger Lakes region does well in October unemployment numbers

Yates County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in October, according to figures released by the state Labor Department.

The jobless rate came in at 3.1%, just ahead of Ontario and Tompkins Counties, tied for fourth at 3.5% Wayne County was tied for seventh among the state’s 62 counties at 3.6% Seneca County wasn’t far behind at 3.9%, tied for 19th. Cayuga County came in at 4.1%, tied for 32nd place.

The worst county in the state for joblessness in October was Bronx County at 11.7%.

Among the state’s major cities, the Ithaca metro area led the way at 3.5% New York City was the worst, at 8.4%. Regionally, the Finger Lakes came in at 4.1%, behind only the Capital Region and Long Island.

The statewide jobless rate in October was 6.9%, down from 7.1% in September.