January's local unemployment rate lower than previous year
While Genesee County's unemployment rate jumped to 5.0 percent in January it was still a point-and-a-half lower than a year earlier for the same month.
The Department of Labor released the county's unemployment rate on Friday.
January's unemployment rate is traditionally one of the highest rates of any month in the year and last year it was 6.4 percent.
In December, the local rate was 4.1 percent.
There were 30,000 local residents reported in the labor force for January of this year compared to 29,500 the previous January.
Of those 30,000, 28,500 had jobs compared to 27,600 with jobs the previous year.
The number reported without work but seeking employment dropped from 1,900 to 1,500.
As for the number of private-sector jobs in the county, there were 16,300 reported in January compared to 16,200 the previous year.
So am I reading this wrong or do the numbers say that of the 900 employed increase year over year, only 100 of those were in the "private sector?" Or is the 16,200/16,300 the total jobs filled and unfilled? If that's the case I'd be interested to know the number of those filled as well as the same numbers for government (public sector) jobs/employed.