New York added 22,700 private-sector jobs in August, but the unemployment rate also increased as more people try to re-enter the workforce.
The job count in New York grew 0.3% in August, raising the total job count to nearly 7.5 million, an all-time high, the Labor Department said today. The national job count grew less: 0.1% in August 2013.
The number of unemployed New Yorkers increased from from 717,400 to 729,700 between July and August.
“With the addition of 22,700 private sector jobs in August, the New York State economy experienced its largest monthly jobs gain since January 2013. New York remains just one of nine states to have regained all of the private sector jobs lost during the recession,” Bohdan Wynnyk, a deputy director at the Labor Department, said in a statement.
Downstate has had the best job growth, up 2.5 percent over the past year, led by jobs on Long Island. Outside the New York City area, job growth was up 0.8 percent over the past year, and basically mainly its metropolitan areas.
The only metro area in the state to lose private-sector jobs over the past year was Rochester, down -0.2%, or 800 jobs.