Area unemployment rates stayed largely constant in June, while falling in Schoharie County, according to preliminary numbers released by the New York State Department of Labor on Tuesday.

Statewide unemployment fell from 7.6 percent in May to 7.5 percent in June, according to numbers released by the department last week. This brings New York’s unemployment rate below the national average, which stayed at 7.6 percent for the month of June.

Unemployment for Chenango and Otsego counties remained at 6.9 percent and 6.6 percent respectively, unchanged since May and well below state and national levels. Delaware County’s unemployment rate also stayed unchanged, but at 7.9 percent it is still higher than both state and national numbers. Schoharie County, meanwhile, saw its unemployment rate drop from 8 percent in May to 7.7 percent in June.

The numbers released were not seasonally adjusted.

Unemployment has fallen in all four area counties since June 2012. At that time, Chenango County had an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, Delaware had a rate of 9 percent, Otsego County had a rate of 8.0 percent and Schoharie County had a rate of 9.7 percent.

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