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WNY Jobless Rate Now 6.4%

Albany, NY (WBEN) -- The unemployment rate in the eight counties of Western New York has dropped more than a full point in the past year.

Based on figures released by the New York State Labor Department, the Western New York jobless rate is 6.4% for July 2014, down from 7.5% in July 2013.

That regional rate is lower than the current national rate (6.5%), as well as the New York State mark (6.8%).

The lowest rate in the region is in Genesee County, at 5.1%, and Orleans County has the highest rate -- 7.5%.