According to the New York State Department of Labor’s unemployment figures for December 2011, Rockland County’s unemployment rate of 6.5 percent was the third lowest county rate in the state. The rate of unemployment in Rockland decreased from 6.8 percent in December 2010, however it increased from 6.4 percent in November 2011.
Rockland tied for the third lowest rate with Westchester and Saratoga counties. Rounding out the five counties in the state with the lowest unemployment rates were Putnam with 6.1 percent and Tompkins with 5.5 percent unemployment.
"We're certainly lower than last year," said Ron Levine, director of communications for the county executive's office, adding they are pleased Rockland is among those with the lowest rates in the state.
The data for all three counties released Tuesday is well below the national unemployment rate for December 2011 of 8.3 percent. That number is down from 9.1 percent in December of 2010.
The data showed the December 2011 unemployment rate for the Hudson Valley Region at 6.9 percent, an increase from November 2011’s rate of 6.7 percent. However it was a decrease from the 7.2 percent rate of December 2010. In December 2011, there were 76,600 unemployed in the region, up from 74,200 in November 2011 and down from 80,500 in December 2010.
Of the 10 Labor Market Regions in New York State, the Hudson Valley Region tied Long Island with the lowest unemployment rate in December 2011 at 6.9 percent.