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Unemployment Rate Hits 5% For Cortland County


Cortland County’s unemployment rate for the month of December 2023 hit 5%, an increase of 1.1% from December of 2022, according to data released by the New State Labor Department. The overall statewide unemployment rate also increased from 4.3% in November to 4.5% in December.

The date released was not all bad news though, Cortland County saw a significant increase in those employed when compared to last year. In the month of December, the Labor Department showed 22,500 people employed in Cortland County, 600 more jobs than December of 2022, which was 21,900.

Cortland County, though, now has one of the highest unemployment rates within Central New York. Neighboring Tompkins County saw stagnant job growth for 2023, and had an unemployment rate of 3.5% for December ‘23, up 1% from last year.

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