Steuben unemployment jumps over 9%

John Zick

The local unemployment rate increased significantly in December, jumping in Steuben County above 9 percent.

The overall unemployment rate in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties rose from 7.9 percent in November to 8.5 percent in December.

The increase was due to “our businesses in the season industries – construction and leisure and hospitality – wrapping up projects or closing shops for the season,” state Department of Labor analyst Christian Harris said. “The November to December jump was above average, but that was more than likely due to our unusually warm weather in November and the first part of December. If we look at the two-month change, it’s in line with normal seasonal trends.”

Year-over-year December unemployment in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben was down from 8.9 percent.