New York added 29,600 jobs in January, a record 17 months of private-sector job growth, but the state’s unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent—still outpacing the national average, the state Labor Department said today.
New York added nearly one out of every five jobs in the country in January because nationally 166,000 jobs were added, the Labor Department said.
But as more people entered the workforce and looked for jobs, New York’s unemployment rate continued to exceed the national average of 7.9 percent. The number of unemployed New Yorkers increased between December and January—from 787,100 to 806,200, up 2.4 percent.
A series by Gannett’s Albany Bureau this year, titled “Rebuilding New York’s Economy,” found last month that no area of New York saw its unemployment rate drop between 2011 and 2012. The state last month had 279,000 fewer people employed than it did in 2008, down 3 percent, state records showed.
Between December and January, New York unemployment rate rose from 8.2 percent to 8.4 percent. The rate in New York City increased from 8.8 percent to to 9.1 percent. For the rest of the state, it increased from 7.8 percent to 7.9 percent.
“New York State’s strong economy continues to grow in 2013 and is setting records for consecutive job growth,” said Bohdan Wynnyk, the department’s deputy director of research and statistics, said in a statement.
Over the past year, professional and business services added the most jobs, up 32,900. Government jobs had the biggest loss, nearly 12,000 over the year. Of those losses, 7,500 were in local government as municipalities struggle with higher costs and stagnant revenue.
Since January 2012, the number of private-sector jobs in the state increased by 102,600, or 1.4 percent. The national increase was 1.9 percent over the same period.
In the New York City area, private-sector jobs increased by 2.2 percent, or 103,000 jobs over the past year. That includes a 2,900 increase in jobs in Putnam, Westchester and Rockland counties, or an increase of 0.6 percent.
Jobs rose by about 4,900 in each of the Albany and Buffalo areas, up about 1 percent over the past year. There were 4,200 jobs added in the Poughkeepsie area, an increase 2.1 percent. The number of jobs dipped slightly in the Rochester, Elmira, Syracuse and Utica areas. It went up slightly in the Binghamton and Ithaca areas.