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Statewide Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.9% in November 2014,
Reaching Lowest Level in More Than Six Years

Albany, NY (December 18, 2014) -

The statewide unemployment rate in New York declined from 6.0% to 5.9% in November 2014, reaching its lowest level since September 2008, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor. In addition, New York City’s unemployment rate fell from 6.4% to 6.3%, reaching its lowest level since October 2008.

New York State’s private sector job count remained near its record-high level, falling by only 100 jobs out of more than 7.6 million, or less than 0.1 percent, in November 2014. Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, the state’s economy has added 506,100 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 40 of the past 47 months. This period included 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth, the state’s longest streak on record (current data go back to 1990).

The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Monthly payroll employment estimates are preliminary and subject to revision as more data becomes available the following month. The federal government calculates New York’s unemployment rate partly based upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

“In November 2014, the unemployment rates in both New York State and New York City continued their recent downward trend, reaching their lowest levels in more than six years,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Deputy Director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

 

1) Jobs data (seasonally adjusted):

U.S. and New York State, October - November 2014

The table below compares the over-the-month change in total nonfarm and private sector jobs in the United States and New York State in October-November 2014.

Change in Total Nonfarm and Private Sector Jobs,
October 2014 – November 2014
 Change in
Total Nonfarm Jobs:

(private sector + government)
Change in
Private Sector Jobs:

Net
%
Net
%
United States +321,000 +0.2% +314,000 +0.3%
New York State -2,800 0.0% -100 0.0%

 

2) Unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted):

The state’s unemployment rate is calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, using a statistical regression model that primarily uses the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month. The statewide unemployment rate fell from 6.0% to 5.9% in November 2014. The number of unemployed New Yorkers also decreased over the month -- from 572,300 in October 2014 to 559,800 in November 2014.


Unemployment Rates (%)*
*Data are preliminary and subject to change, based on standard procedures outlined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 November 2014*October 2014November 2013
United States 5.8 5.8 7.0
New York State 5.9 6.0 7.1
New York City 6.3 6.4 8.2
NYS, outside NYC 5.6 5.7 6.4

 

3) Jobs data (not seasonally adjusted):

U.S., New York State, Major Regions, and Metro Areas: November 2013 - November 2014

The table that follows compares the over-the-year change in total nonfarm and private sector jobs that occurred in the United States, New York State, the Upstate and Downstate regions, and metro areas in the state between November 2013 and November 2014.


Change in Total Nonfarm and Private Sector Jobs, November 2013 – November 2014
 Change in
Total Nonfarm Jobs:

(private sector + government)
Change in
Private Sector Jobs:
 
Net
%
Net
%
United States +2,765,000 +2.0% +2,672,000 +2.3%
New York State +88,800 +1.0% +97,700 +1.3%
 
Downstate NY (10-co. area) +96,500 +1.6% +100,600 +2.0%
  New York City +79,400 +2.0% +81,100 +2.3%
  Suburban Counties +17,100 +0.9% +19,500 +1.2%
    Nassau-Suffolk +15,100 +1.2% +15,900 +1.4%
    Putnam-Rockland-Westchester +2,000 +0.4% +3,600 +0.7%
 
Upstate NY (52-co. area) +5,300 +0.2% +11,000 +0.4%
  Metro Areas +5,700 +0.2% +9,500 +0.5%
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy +3,700 +0.8% +4,500 +1.3%
    Binghamton -100 -0.1% +500 +0.6%
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls +700 +0.1% +1,700 +0.4%
    Elmira +400 +1.0% +500 +1.5%
    Glens Falls -100 -0.2% 0 0.0%
    Ithaca +800 +1.1% +800 +1.3%
    Kingston +800 +1.3% +1,000 +2.2%
    Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown +300 +0.1% +800 +0.4%
    Rochester +600 +0.1% +900 +0.2%
    Syracuse -900 -0.3% -900 -0.3%
    Utica-Rome -500 -0.4% -300 -0.3%
Non-metro Counties -400 -0.1% +1,500 +0.4%

 

Job highlights since November 2013:

  • In the 10-county Downstate region, private sector jobs grew by 2.0% over the past year. The Downstate region’s private sector job growth was most rapid in New York City (+2.3%) and Nassau-Suffolk (+1.4%).
  • In the 52-county Upstate region, the private sector job count grew by 0.4% over the past year. Private sector job growth occurred in both the region’s metro areas (+0.5%) and in counties outside of metro areas (+0.4%).
  • Over the past year, private sector jobs grew most rapidly in these metro areas:
    • New York City (+2.3%)
    • Kingston (+2.2%)
    • Elmira (+1.5%)
    • Nassau-Suffolk (+1.4%)
    • Albany-Schenectady-Troy (+1.3%)
    • Ithaca (+1.3%)
  • The metro areas in New York State that lost private sector jobs between November 2013 and November 2014 were Syracuse (-0.3%) and Utica-Rome (-0.3%).

4) Jobs data (not seasonally adjusted):

Change in jobs by major industry sector, November 2013 – November 2014

The table below compares the over-the-year change in jobs by major industry sector in New York State occurring between November 2013 and November 2014.

Change in Jobs by Major Industry Sector,
November 2013 - November 2014

*Educational and health services is in the private sector.
Government includes public education and public health services.
Sectors With Job Gains:
Professional & Business Services +35,800
Educational & Health Services* +35,200
Leisure & Hospitality +18,100
Trade, Transportation & Utilities +11,600
Construction +3,800
Other Services +2,100
Natural Resources & Mining +200
 
Sectors With Job Losses:
Government* -8,900
Manufacturing -6,100
Information -2,600
Financial Activities -400

 

Highlights among NYS sectors with job gains since November 2013:

  • Professional and business services added the most jobs (+35,800) of any major industry sector over the past year. Over the past year, sector job gains were mostly in professional, scientific and technical services (+18,100), and administrative and support services (+15,600).
  • Private educational and health services had the second largest increase in jobs (+35,200) between November 2013 and November 2014. Sector employment gains were centered in health care and social assistance (+34,300), especially ambulatory health care services (+23,200).
  • The third largest employment increase over the past year was registered in leisure and hospitality (+18,100), with most sector gains in accommodation and food services (+16,100), especially food services and drinking places (+13,900).

Highlights among NYS sectors with job losses since November 2013:

  • Over the past 12 months, government lost more jobs (-8,900) than any other major industry sector in the state, with job losses greatest at the local level (-8,200), especially local elementary and secondary schools (-2,600).
  • Between November 2013 and November 2014, manufacturing job losses (-6,100) were split between nondurable goods (-3,100) and durable goods (-3,000).

 

5) Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI):

For New York State, during the week that included November 5, 2014, there were 131,455 people (including 120,515 who live in the state) who received benefits under the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.

New York State residents who received Unemployment Insurance benefits made up 22% of the total unemployed in the state in November 2014.

Note: The responsibility for the production of monthly estimates of state and metro area nonfarm employment by industry moved from the Division of Research and Statistics to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), starting with the March 2011 estimates. More detailed information on the change is available on the BLS web site.

Many economic data series have a seasonal pattern, which means they tend to occur at the same time each year (e.g., retail jobs usually increase in December). Seasonal adjustment is the process of removing seasonal effects from a data series. This is done to simplify the data so that they may be more easily interpreted and help to reveal true underlying trends. Seasonal adjustment permits comparisons of data from one month to data from any other month.

Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, for New York and every other state are based on statistical regression models specified by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In New York State, payroll jobs data by industry come from a monthly survey of 18,000 business establishments. Jobs data by industry do not include agricultural workers, the self-employed, unpaid family workers or domestic workers in private households.

 

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