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Area unemployment rates show little progress in February

Regional unemployment rates mostly followed the same trend as the state in February, creeping up slightly or staying stagnant.

Only the Binghamton region showed any improvement, with its unemployment rate dropping from 9.6 in January to 9.4 percent in February. That’s up from 9.2 percent a year ago.

The Syracuse area saw its unemployment rate stay steady at 9.4 percent in January and February, up from 9 percent a year ago.

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The unemployment rate rose slightly in the Utica-Rome area from 9.3 percent in January to 9.4 percent in February, up from 9.2 percent a year ago.

The state’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in February, up from 9.1 percent in January and 8.6 percent a year ago.

The nation’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in February, down from 8.8 percent in January and 9.5 percent a year ago.

The state Labor Department announced the latest rates Tuesday.

Contact DeLore at tgregory@tmvbj.com

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