At 12 percent, the Bronx has the highest unemployment in the state, while Hamilton County has the lowest unemployment at 4.2 percent.

That’s according to the state Department of Labor, which released preliminary August employment statistics this afternoon.

The counties with the lowest unemployment were all upstate: Hamilton, Saratoga County at 5.4 percent, Yates County at 5.4 percent, Tompkins at 5.6 percent and Ontario County at 5.7 percent.

Due to high unemployment in the Bronx and Kings County, New York City has the highest unemployment of any region, 8.7 percent.

Nevertheless, the Elmira region has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state at 7.7 percent.

And St. Lawrence County had the highest unemployment of any upstate county at 9.1 percent.

Between August 2012 and August 2103, the state’s private-sector jobs increased by 126,800. The unemployment rate stood 7.6 percent in August.

Here’s a map from the Department of Labor illustrating the state’s regional employment:

ur_map by Nick Reisman