ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) â¿¿ Officials have released preliminary data showing the unemployment rate in upstate New York was 9.2 percent in February, unchanged from a year earlier, while the New York City metro area rate dropped to 8.6 percent from 9.1. The state labor department statistics released Tuesday show the rate in upstate metro areas virtually unchanged at 8.8 percent and at 10.4 percent in rural areas. The rate in New York City was 9.2 percent, compared to 9.8 percent last year. Tompkins County had the lowest rate at 5.8 percent while Lewis County had the highest, 13 percent. The statewide unemployment rate was 8.4 percent.