Streams

Unemployment Rate Drops in NY, NJ

Thursday, May 16, 2013

help wanted, sign, jobs, economy, employment (B.J. McCray/flickr)

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.

Tags:

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [1]

Oh please. This stat was originally developed and promulgated as a means of expressing the number of people who have pensions, health care (not "health insurance"), and possibly own homes. Of the dozens of people I came into contact today, at shops, gas station, CVS, Big Box Stores like Target -- all of those people are living at the fringe, economically, many on welfare. And all "employed." That stat, that New Deal relic, lost its meaning about 15 years ago. I'm curious as to why it is still treated as useful and even market-moving info?

May. 16 2013 09:23 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by