New York’s manufacturing decline continues, outpacing the loss of jobs in the public sector, state labor statistics show.
Over the past year, manufacturing lost 11,100 jobs, more than any other sector in the state. It was the largest in durable goods (-6,800), including computer and electronic products (-2,000) and transportation equipment (-1,800), according to the state Labor Department yesterday.
It’s mainly an upstate problem as the region continues to try to dig out of decades-long decline in manufacturing, once the linchpin to the economy.
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.
Second in job losses over the last year was in the public sector, which in 2012 actually led the state in job losses. Government-sector jobs, which includes teachers, fell 6,400 over the past year, and it was the largest at the local level—with 2,400 fewer jobs, the state said.
Overall, New York added 22,700 private-sector jobs in August, fueled by growth at colleges, in health care and in hospitality.
But more people are also entering the workforce, which led the state’s unemployment rate to edge up slightly, from 7.5 percent in July to 7.6 percent in August. The national rate was 7.3 percent in August.