January unemployment numbers are out, and they show that more people are in need of a job now compared to this time one year ago.
According to statistics released by the New York State Department of Labor, there are about 8,200 people unemployed in the Utica-Rome region, whereas there were about 7,900 unemployed at this time last year.
The unemployment rate in the Utica-Rome area rose from 6.1 percent in January 2017 to 6.3 percent in January 2018.
Breaking it down by county, the unemployment rates are:
Oneida County: 6 percent (up from 5.8 percent)
Herkimer County: 7.4 percent (up from 7 percent)
Otsego County: 6.6 percent (up from 6.4 percent)
Queens County has the lowest unemployment rate in New York State at 4 percent, and Hamilton County has the highest unemployment rate at 11.4 percent.
The Department of Labor says that from January 2017 to January 2018, private sector jobs in New York State increased by 91,600. In January 2018, the number of private sector jobs was 8,119,500.