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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 62,000, or 1.7 percent, to 3,796,800 in February 2017.  Gains were greatest in educational and health services (+37,400), professional and business services (+20,500), leisure and hospitality (+4,600), information (+3,700), natural resources, mining and construction (+3,200), other services (+1,200) and financial activities (+1,000).  Losses were centered in trade, transportation and utilities (-7,800) and manufacturing (-1,800). 

The city’s over-the-year picture remained positive, with seven sectors adding jobs for the 12 months through February 2017 while only two lost jobs.  However, the City’s two largest sectors – health care and educational services and professional and business services generated almost all of the over-the-year job gains. The city’s over-the-year private sector growth rate (+1.7 percent) was above the comparable rate for the state (+1.6 percent) but below that of the nation (+1.8 percent).

The city’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in February 2017, down 0.2 of a point from January and one full percentage point from a year ago. New York State’s rate was 4.4 percent in February 2017. The share of the city's working-age population (16+) who were employed was 57.6 percent in February 2017.


James Brown                                                                                                                    Elena Volovelsky
NYS Department of Labor                                                                                             NYS Department of Labor
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