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July 23, 2013 - 1:13pm

Genesee County's unemployment rate stays at regionally low level

posted by Howard B. Owens in business, economy, jobs, unemployment.

Genesee County unemployment rate held steady in the month of June at 6.2 percent, matching May's rate and lower than the 7.4-percent rate a year ago, according to figures released today by NYS Department of Labor.

Genesee County continues to maintain the lowest rate in the GLOW region, with Orleans at 8.4 percent, Livingston at 7 percent and Wyoming at 7.1 percent.

The Rochester-area rate is 7.0 and the Buffalo-area rate is at 7.4 percent.

The state's rate is 7.6 percent and the U.S. rate is 7.8 percent.

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Just curious but, does that included the people who collect welfare services in Genesee County? Afterall Genesee County is one of the leaders in NYS for providing welfare with little resistance. You are not required to be an resident for an alloted time before Genesee County will help you. You can come from another county gain a Genesee County address and collect pretty much immediately. How many people who collected unemployment and ran out of that benefit now claim some type of social services and are no longer counted as unemployed? Even with employment in Genesee County how many are truly dependent from any social services such as Food Stamps, Wic program, etc....

I just met a couple who both have jobs as a restaurant server yet, depend on both Food Stamps and Wic to help support their children. So, does having a job that, pays between minimum wage or $15 a hour really mean all that much? The jobs in Batavia are mostly low level incomes. Property taxes are climbing, utilities are climbing, gas is climbing, produce/food prices are climbing but, wages are not matching the increase of these prices. As far as the Unemployment rate goes, it does not mean a hill of beans unless it has true substances behind it.

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