Unemployment, assistance numbers for Yates County clarified

Responding to the unemployment figures presented at a meeting of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, Amy Miller, Commissioner Yates County Department of Social Services, offers detailed figures on unemployment and public assistance recipients.

She says 36 people were receiving unemployment benefits in Yates County in May.

Those who collect benefits must be ready, willing, and able to work, and actively looking for work during each week in which they are claiming benefits, she says.

“It is true that statewide the unemployment rate is low,” she adds, “but I would caution anyone to remember that this rate does not count people who are no longer looking for work or people who are underemployed.”

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