Unemployment up again in October

November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM EDT

Updated figures from the state Department of Labor show a rise in unemployment in the past year.

In October, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area saw the rate rise to 8.2 percent from 7.4 percent in the year-over-year period. The rate has been at 8 percent or higher since last December.

Rochester had an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent last month up from 7.2 percent in the same month of 2011.

In the 52-county Upstate region the jobless rate in October was 8.0 percent compared to 7.4 percent a year ago. For all of New York state, the unemployment rate for October was 8.7 percent.

The labor department said that from October 2011 to October 2012, the state's private-sector job count increased by more than 133,000. During the same time frame, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in the state decreased by 8.2 percent to 93,645 from 102,041.

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