According to a recent report in the Jamestown Post-Journal, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said there were 50,200 people who were employed throughout the county for the month of April. That’s 1,600 less employed compared to April 2017.
Total employment has seen a steady decline since 2009, when there were about 60,000 county residents working. The highest average of employment was reported in 1997, when 65,700 workers lived in Chautauqua County.
The decline coincides with a shrinking overall population. The U.S. Census Bureau reported last month that some of the largest cities, towns and villages in the county saw population decreases.
The county’s population is estimated to be at just over 129,000, down nearly 6000 from eight years ago when the last official census was taken.