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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor Peter M. Rivera, Commissioner

NYS Added 31,500 Private Sector Jobs in April

NYS Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4% in April, Lowest Since May 2009

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Albany, NY (May 20, 2010) -

New York State's economy added 31,500 private sector jobs (+0.4%) on a seasonally adjusted basis in April 2010, the State Labor Department reported today.  This was the state's fourth straight monthly jobs increase.

New York's total nonfarm job count grew by 32,700 (+0.4%) in April.  The nonfarm job count tracks all jobs in the private and public sectors.  It does not count the self-employed or workers on farms.

New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 8.6% in March to 8.4% in April 2010.  This was the state's lowest unemployment rate since May 2009.  The number of unemployed New Yorkers dropped from 831,500 in March to 817,600 in April 2010.  

"The economic recovery is gaining momentum in New York State. Over the past four months, we have added more than 78,000 private sector jobs, while the state's unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since May 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, March 2010 versus April 2010.  Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons of the same month; for example, April 2009 versus April 2010.

1) Unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted)

New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 8.6% in March to 8.4% in April 2010.  The U.S. unemployment rate rose from 9.7% in March to 9.9% in April 2010.  New York City's rate decreased from 10.0% in March to 9.8% in April 2010.  The rate in the rest of the state (outside of New York City) slipped from 7.6% in March to 7.5% in April. 

Unemployment Rates* (seasonally adjusted)


April 2010*

  March 2010

April 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 complete NYSDOL April 2010 Job Numbers Report.


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