Preliminary area unemployment rates for the month of July are out.

According to the New York State Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in the Utica-Rome area was 6.3% last month.

That's down from 7.5% in July of 2013.

The state jobless rate was 6.6% in July, its lowest level since November 2008.

The Department of Labor says the state's private sector job count increased by over 140,000 July 2013 to July 2014.