The New York State Department of Labor has released preliminary local unemployment rates for December.

In the Utica-Rome area, the jobless rate was at 6.1% last month.

That's down from 6.8% in December of 2013.

The statewide unemployment rate fell to 5.8% in December, its lowest level since September 2008.

Meanwhile, the state's private sector job count increased by 114,200 from december 2013 to December of last year.