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New York State Department of Labor

New York State Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.6% in December 2017

Economy Added 111,700 Private Sector Jobs over the Past Year

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Albany, NY (January 18, 2018) -

New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.7% to 4.6% in December 2017, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor.

From December 2016 to December 2017, New York State’s private sector job count rose by 111,700, or 1.4%. Over the month, the state’s private sector job count was essentially unchanged, down by 200 (or 0.0%) in December 2017. Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added more than one million private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 69 of the past 84 months.

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 become available the following month. The federal government calculates New York State’s unemployment rate based partly upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

“New York State’s unemployment rate fell over the month, from 4.7% to 4.6%. This was due, in part, to a decrease in the number of unemployed. Additionally, the state’s economy has added 111,700 private sector jobs over the past year,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

 

Note: Seasonally adjusted data are used to provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons of the same month – for example, December 2016 versus December 2017.

 

United States and New York State: November – December 2017

1) Jobs data (seasonally adjusted):

The table below compares the over-the-month change in the total nonfarm and private sector job counts in the United States and New York State in November-December 2017.

Change in Total Nonfarm and Private Sector Jobs
November – December 2017
 Change in
Total Nonfarm Jobs:

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

Net
%
Net
%
United States +148,000 +0.1% +146,000 +0.1%
New York State -500 0.0% -200 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 (CPS). The CPS contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month. In December 2017, the statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.7% to 4.6%. In addition, the number of unemployed New Yorkers decreased over the month, from 460,300 to 449,800.


Unemployment Rates (%)*
*Data are preliminary and subject to change, based on standard procedures outlined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 December 2017*November 2017December 2016
United States 4.1 4.1 4.7
New York State 4.6 4.7 4.8
New York City 4.3 4.7 4.9
NYS, outside NYC 4.9 4.8 4.7

 

United States, New York State and Metro Areas: December 2016 – December 2017

1) Jobs data (not seasonally adjusted):

The following table compares the over-the-year changes in the total nonfarm and private sector job counts occurring in the United States, New York State and metro areas within the State between December 2016 and December 2017.


Change in Total Nonfarm and Private Sector Jobs by Area
December 2016 – December 2017
 Change in
Total Nonfarm Jobs:

(private sector + government)
Change in
Private Sector Jobs:
 
Net
%
Net
%
United States +2,188,000 +1.5% +2,132,000 +1.7%
New York State +113,600 +1.2% +111,700 +1.4%
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy +3,800 +0.8% +3,100 +0.8%
    Binghamton +700 +0.7% +600 +0.7%
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls -4,600 -0.8% -4,900 -1.0%
    Dutchess-Putnam +3,800 +2.6% +3,600 +3.0%
    Elmira -1,000 -2.6% -900 -2.8%
    Glens Falls +100 +0.2% +200 +0.5%
    Ithaca +1,800 +2.7% +1,800 +3.2%
    Kingston +900 +1.4% +1,100 +2.3%
    Nassau-Suffolk +4,900 +0.4% +5,600 +0.5%
    New York City +65,900 +1.5% +65,200 +1.7%
    Orange-Rockland-Westchester +7,100 +1.0% +6,100 +1.0%
    Rochester -3,500 -0.6% -2,800 -0.6%
    Syracuse +3,800 +1.2% +3,600 +1.4%
    Utica-Rome +900 +0.7% +1,200 +1.2%
    Watertown-Fort Drum +700 +1.7% +700 +2.3%
    Non-metro Counties +2,000 +0.4% +1,700 +0.4%

 

Job highlights since December 2016:

  • Twelve metro areas in New York State added private sector jobs over the past year. The most rapid employment growth was in these areas:
    • Ithaca (+3.2%)
    • Dutchess-Putnam (+3.0%)
    • Kingston (+2.3%)
    • Watertown-Fort Drum (+2.3%)
    • New York City (+1.7%)
    • Syracuse (+1.4%)
  • Non-metro counties in New York State added 1,700 private sector jobs over the past year.
  • Over the past 12 months, three metro areas in the state -- Elmira (-2.8%), Buffalo-Niagara Falls (-1.0%) and Rochester (-0.6%) -- lost private sector jobs.

Change in jobs by major industry sector: December 2016 – December 2017

1) Jobs data (not seasonally adjusted):

The table below compares the over-the-year change in jobs by major industry sector in New York State occurring between December 2016 and December 2017.

Change in Jobs by Major Industry Sector
December 2016 – December 2017

*Educational and health services is in the private sector.
Government includes public education and public health services.
Sectors With Job Gains:
Educational & Health Services* +50,500
Professional & Business Services +30,000
Leisure & Hospitality +21,500
Construction +12,300
Financial Activities +7,300
Other Services +7,100
Government* +1,900
Natural Resources & Mining +200
 
Sectors With Job Losses:
Manufacturing -8,300
Trade, Transportation & Utilities -4,500
Information -4,400

 

Highlights among New York State sectors with job gains since December 2016:

  • Private educational and health services added the most jobs (+50,500) of any major industry sector over the past year. Sector job gains were mostly in health care and social assistance (+40,600), especially ambulatory health care (+17,800).
  • From December 2016 to December 2017, the second largest employment increase occurred in professional and business services (+30,000). Most over-the-year job gains in this sector were found in professional, scientific and technical services (+19,800) and administrative and support services (+7,500).
  • The third largest increase in jobs over the past year occurred in leisure and hospitality, which grew by 21,500. Sector gains were centered in accommodation and food services (+19,700), especially food services and drinking places (+17,600).
  • Construction had the fourth largest increase in jobs (+12,300) between December 2016 and December 2017. Over-the-year sector gains were concentrated in specialty trade contractors (+6,100) and construction of buildings (+3,200).

Highlights among New York State sectors with job losses since December 2016:

  • Over the past 12 months, manufacturing lost the most jobs (-8,300) of any major industry sector in New York State. Over-the-year sector losses were concentrated in durable goods (-8,700), especially computer and electronic products (-1,800) and fabricated metal products (-1,800).
  • From December 2016 to December 2017, the second largest employment decrease occurred in trade, transportation and utilities, which lost 4,500 jobs. Over-the-year sector job losses were focused in retail trade (-14,100), especially clothing and clothing accessories stores (-9,700).
  • The information sector lost 4,400 jobs over the past year. Sector losses were greatest in telecommunications (-2,500) and publishing industries (-1,900).

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits: December 2017

1) Regular Unemployment Insurance:

For New York State, during the week that included December 5, 2017, there were 120,639 people (including 110,262 who live in the State) who received benefits under the regular Unemployment Insurance program.

In December 2017, New York State residents who received Unemployment Insurance benefits made up 25% of the total unemployed.

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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See Jobs and Unemployment Fact Sheet (opens in new window)

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