Slight Rise in Unemployment for City, State

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

New jobs figures for January indicate the state's unemployment rate rose slightly from the month before, from 8.2 to 8.3 percent.

New York City likewise saw its jobless rate rise 1/10th of 1 percent to 9 percent.

While the number of jobs has rebounded considerably since the recession hit bottom, the unemployment rate has tended to climb as more jobless people start to look for work again.

Year to year, the state added more than 45,000 jobs, with the bulk of the new positions being created within the five boroughs and the surrounding counties. Education and health care led job growth, while government and construction continued to register losses.

The nationwide jobless was 8.9 percent last month, but the state has not yet released employment numbers for February.


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