Latest unemployment numbers threaten recession

By Jillian Marshall

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Unemployment numbers in the Southern Tier are in the double-digits.

According to the New York State Department of Labor, the state is regaining the number of jobs lost during the recession.

Binghamton and Broome County's unemployment numbers for January stand at 10.2 percent, that's an increase from the previous month and the same time last year.

Senior Economist Analyst for the New York State Department of Labor, Christian Harris, says increase happens every winter, mostly because of the decline in manufacturing and constructions jobs.

Despite the unemployment numbers on the rise, Harris says jobs are available.

Labor officials say the numbers are not going up because people are being laid off. Rather, more people are re-entering the job searching process.

"Now that they hear that other people are hiring, businesses are hiring, people getting jobs, they're actively re-entering the work force. The more people that enter the work force and are actively looking, that increases unemployment," said Terry Starks, director of Broome-Tioga Workforce New York.

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