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Labor Force and Unemployment Data Data for New York State, Labor Market Regions, Metropolitan Areas, Counties, and Municipalities of at least 25,000 Population

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Unemployment Rate Rankings by Region, MSA and County (xls)

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data - NYS, NYC, and BOS - Excel spreadsheet with historical (1976-present) and current month's labor force data for New York State, New York City and the balance of state region (NYS-NYC). All data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.

Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data - Metro Areas - BLS is in the process of revising this data series. An update will be posted when available.

Important Notice
On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will re-estimate 2014 Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) data. As a result, the 2014 rates released on March 10, 2015 may change slightly prior to our next LAUS press release scheduled for March 31, 2015.
Labor force statistics for all LAUS areas are revised each year as part of the benchmarking process. The annual benchmarking process is part of the nationwide re-estimating procedure mandated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Revised labor force data will be released and posted on this web site according to the following schedule:

Data Revisions
Release DateRevised Data Item
March 5, 2015 1976-2014 data for New York State, New York City, and Balance of State region (NYS less NYC)
March 10, 2015 2014 data for all other sub-state areas*
April 21, 2015 2010-2013 data for all other sub-state areas
* Newly-revised 2014 data are not directly comparable to unrevised data from earlier years due to a change in estimating methodology.

Due to a new estimating methodology implemented in January 2005, sub-state labor force statistics from January 2000 to present are not comparable to data from earlier years. More information on breaks in series can be found in Technical Notes. Questions regarding labor force statistics should be directed to your local labor market analyst.

Labor force estimates provide the most up-to-date estimates of persons employed and unemployed by place of residence. Labor force data include estimates of the civilian labor force, the number employed, the number unemployed, and the unemployment rate. Labor force figures are available for New York State, labor market regions, metropolitan areas, counties, and municipalities of at least 25,000. Estimates are developed and distributed monthly. Labor force data for the nation and areas outside of New York State are available at

The entire set of currently available historical LAUS data are available by downloading the file, This compressed archive, which consists of five comma-separated-value (CSV) data files (laus_cities.txt, laus_counties.txt, laus_msas.txt, laus_regions.txt, laus_nys.txt) and a layout file (readme.txt), can be uncompressed with either the winzip or pkunzip utility programs. After extracting the files from the archive, they may be imported into a spreadsheet application. The text and data should parse automatically into columns.

For more information concerning labor force statistics, see Technical Notes. For additional information on the various sources of employment data, see comparing sources of employment data.

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