Unemployment sinks in the Binghamton area

By Conor Mooney

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Unemployment sinks in the Binghamton area

March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Total unemployment continues to dip in the Binghamton area but stills lags behind the state, that's according to the New York State Department of Labor.

From January 2013 to January 2014, unemployment fell from 9.7 percent to 8.1 percent.

That's higher than the state's seasonally adjusted number of 6.8 percent.

The labor department reported a total of more than 103,000 people employed in the area while a little more than 9,000 people are still searching.

Experts from the Department of Labor said the decline in unemployment is partially attributed to discouraged workers.

The cold winter has had an impact on unemployment, especially in retail, as customers are less likely to go out shopping.

At the county level, Broome County's unemployment sits at 8 percent even.

Tompkins County holds the state's lowest unemployment percentage at 5 percent even.

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