The state’s overall unemployment rate dropped from 6.2% to 6% over the last year. This represents an increase of 110,000 private-sector jobs. Unfortunately, the majority of these jobs were created in the downstate region. Upstate saw a net increase of just 10,500 jobs over the last year. In fact, Rochester, Utica-Rome and Syracuse, reported negative job growth.
These numbers represent yet another reminder of the challenges we face Upstate in terms of growing our economy.