For the sixth straight month, Genesee County's unemployment rate was lower than the pre-pandemic rate for the same month, according to the New York State Department of Labor. The rate of 3.7 percent for March of this year reflects a dip when compared to a 4.5 percent rate in March 2019.
The rate in March 2021 was 5.6 percent and the rate in March 2020 was 5.7 percent.
The current rate is the lowest it's been from available state labor department records going back to 1990.
There are 29,300 workers reported in the labor force for Genesee County currently, compared to 28,700 in 2021 and 29,800 in 2019.
The reported total number of Genesee County residents who were employed in March 2022 is 28,200, compared to 27,100 a year ago, and 28,420 in 2019.
There are 1,100 people reportedly looking for work, compared to 1,600 a year ago and 1,320 in March 2019.
The unemployment rate for all of New York State is 4.7 percent, which is higher than the March 2019 -- pre-pandemic -- rate of 4 percent.