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State's Unemployment Rate Dropped to 8.2% in June, Lowest Since April '09

New York State Lost 8,500 Private Sector Jobs in June 2010

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Albany, NY (July 15, 2010) -

New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 8.3% in May to 8.2% in June 2010, the State Labor Department reported today.  This was the state's lowest unemployment rate since April 2009, when it was 8.1%.  The number of unemployed New Yorkers also dropped, falling from 806,200 in May to 798,600 in June 2010, its lowest level since April 2009.

New York State's economy lost 8,500 private sector jobs (-0.1%) in June 2010, on a seasonally adjusted basis.  This was the state's second straight monthly decline in private sector jobs. The total nonfarm job count in New York decreased by 22,500 (-0.3%) in June 2010.  This change was due in large part to a sharp drop in federal jobs (-10,100) because many temporary Census workers left the payroll.   The nonfarm job count tracks all jobs in the private and public sectors.  It does not count the self-employed or workers on farms.

"While we lost a small number of private sector jobs in June 2010, New York's unemployment rate continued to show improvement.  Both the state's unemployment rate and the number of unemployed residents reached their lowest levels since April 2009," said Peter A. Neenan, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

Note:  When comparing different months, seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid comparison; for example, May 2010 versus June 2010.  Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons of the same month; for example, June 2009 versus June 2010.

Unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted)

New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 8.3% in May to 8.2% in June 2010.  The U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 9.7% in May to 9.5% in June 2010.  New York City's rate decreased from 9.6% in May to 9.5% in June 2010.  The rate in the rest of the state (outside of New York City) decreased from 7.4% in May to 7.3% in June. 

Unemployment Rates* (seasonally adjusted)


June 2010*

  May 2010

June 2009

New York State




United States




New York City




NYS, outside NYC




*Data are preliminary and subject to change.

See State and Area Job Data

See State and Area Unemployment Rates

See Jobs and Unemployment Fact Sheet

See Labor Market Overview

For more information, please see the NYSDOL June 2010 Job Numbers Report.


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