The New York State Department of Labor has released their latest statistics regarding unemployment across the state, including here in the Southern Tier.

In the four counties of Broome, Chenango Delaware, and Tioga; Broome had the highest increase of unemployment jumping up 1.2% compared to last year, Delaware County shortly behind them with a 1.1% increase. Tioga and Chenango Counties both would increase 1.0% from the year before. 

Furthermore Broome and Delaware county are within the top 20 highest unemployment rates per county with both of them sitting at 4.7%. The lowest percentage being 3.2% in Columbia County and the highest being 7.4% in Hamilton County.

The Binghamton Metropolitan Area also took a large increase jumping up 1.2% to put them in the top three highest unemployment rates per Metropolitan Statistical Areas with 4.6% compared to New York City with 5.1% and the Watertown-Fort Drum metro area with 5.4%.

These increases are not just within the counties in the Southern Tier but the state has also increased from 3.8% to 4.4%, and nationally the United States unemployment rate has made the jump from 3.3% to 3.5%.