The state’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in April, while private-sector job totals showed promise and the public sector remained relatively unchanged.
According to statistics released today by the state Department of Labor, 753,400 people were unemployed last month, down from 766,700 in March. The decrease brings the state’s unemployment rate to 7.9 percent, down 0.1 percent from the previous month and the lowest rate since March 2009.
On the job creation side, the private sector added 43,800 jobs in April, up 0.6 percent from the prior month. That’s the largest monthly increase, percentage-wise, since September 2000, according to the labor department.
In all, the state saw a total increase of 45,700 jobs from March to April, a 0.5 percent jump.
UPDATE: In a statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the figures are “a sign that our state is getting back on the right track and we are creating jobs and getting New Yorkers back to work.”
“While these numbers are positive news for our state, we have a long way to go,” Cuomo said. “We must continue to work together through private and public partnerships and responsible economic policy to create more jobs and make this the Empire State once again.”
All of the above figures are seasonally adjusted. Courtesy of Labor, here’s a region-by-region breakdown of non-seasonally adjusted jobs: