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Labor Statistics for the New York City Region Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties

Private sector jobs in New York City rose over the year by 89,000, or 2.4 percent, to 3,861,000 in August 2017.  Gains were greatest in educational and health services (+42,400), professional and business services (+27,100), leisure and hospitality (+17,700), natural resources, mining and construction (+5,100), financial activities (+4,300) and other services (+3,500).  Losses were centered in trade, transportation and utilities (-5,100), information (-5,000) and manufacturing (-1,000). 

The city’s over-the-year picture remained positive, with six sectors adding jobs for the 12 months through August 2017 while three lost jobs.  Two sectors – education and health services and leisure and hospitality – both grew by at least four percent over the year. The city’s over-the-year private sector growth rate (+2.4 percent) was above the comparable rate for the state (+1.8 percent) and the nation (+1.7 percent).

The city’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in August 2017, up 0.2 of a percentage point from July but down 0.5 of a point from a year earlier. New York State’s rate was 4.8 percent in August 2017. The share of the city’s working age population (16+) who were employed was 58.4 percent in August 2017.


James Brown                                                                                                                    Elena Volovelsky
NYS Department of Labor                                                                                             NYS Department of Labor
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Brooklyn, NY 11201                                                                                                       Brooklyn, NY 11201
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