Buffalo, Upstate NY unemployment declines

October 26, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2011 at 6:42 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

October 26, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2011 at 6:42 AM EDT

The jobless rate in the Buffalo-Niagara region dropped in September compared to a year ago, as it did across Upstate New York metropolitan areas.

The state Department of Labor reported Tuesday that unemployment in the Buffalo area, measuring Erie and Niagara counties, was 7.3 percent last month, down from 7.9 percent in the same month of 2010.

For Rochester, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent from 7.7 percent, year-over-year. Syracuse had a jobless rate of 7.6 percent compared to 8.0. Binghamton was at 7.8 percent, down from 8.0 last September.

Ithaca continues to have the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.6 percent for September and that figure was down from 5.8 percent a year ago.

Statewide, the jobless rate was 7.8 percent, down from 8.2 percent last year.

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