ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent in September 2015, reaching its lowest level since April 2008, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the New York State Department of Labor .
New York City’s unemployment rate also dropped over the month, declining from 5.4 percent to 5.2 percent, the city’s lowest unemployment rate since May 2008.
New York state’s private sector job count increased by 11,400, to 7,821,700 total. Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York’s economy has added 711,400 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 49 of the past 57 months.
The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The federal government calculates New York’s unemployment rate based partly upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.
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