More people are working in New York and New Jersey.
The New York state unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in April after the state added 23,800 private sector jobs, according to the state Department of Labor. In March, New York's rate was 8.2 percent.
In New York City, the rate fell to 8.4 percent in April, down from 8.9 percent a month earlier.
New Jersey's unemployment rate has continued to drop as well. The April number is 8.7 percent, a four-year low, according the state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development. It was 9 percent in March.
The positive news came after New Jersey added 4,100 private sector jobs in April.