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State's Unemployment Rate Dropped to 8.3% in May, Lowest Since April '09

NYS Lost 9,500 Private Sector Jobs in May 2010

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Albany, NY (June 17, 2010) -

New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 8.4% in April to 8.3% in May 2010, the State Labor Department reported today.  This was the state's lowest unemployment rate since April 2009.  The number of unemployed New Yorkers also dropped, from 817,100 in April to 806,600 in May 2010. 

New York State's economy lost 9,500 private sector jobs (-0.1%) on a seasonally adjusted basis in May 2010.  This was the state's first monthly decline since December 2009.  

The total nonfarm job count in New York grew by 21,000 (+0.2%) in May 2010. This was due to a spike in temporary census workers in the state, which boosted the number of federal jobs (+30,100) in May. The nonfarm job count tracks all jobs in the private and public sectors.  It does not count the self-employed or workers on farms.

"Like the nation as a whole, the state's rate of private sector job growth slowed in May 2010. However, New York's unemployment rate continued to improve, reaching its lowest level in over a year," 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, April 2010 versus May 2010.  Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons of the same month; for example, May 2009 versus May 2010.

1) Unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted)

New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 8.4% in April to 8.3% in May 2010.  The U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 9.9% in April to 9.7% in May 2010.  New York City's rate decreased from 9.8% in April to 9.6% in May 2010.  The rate in the rest of the state (outside of New York City) slipped from 7.5% in April to 7.4% in May. 

Unemployment Rates* (seasonally adjusted)


May 2010*

  April 2010

May 2009

New York State




United States




New York City




NYS, outside NYC




*Data are preliminary and subject to change.


For more information, see the "NYSDOL May 2010 Job Numbers Report."

See State and Area Job Data

See State and Area Unemployment Rates

See Jobs and Unemployment Fact Sheet

See Labor Market Overview


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