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

New York State's Economy Lost 15,600 Private Sector Jobs in September

State's Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged at 8.3%

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Albany, NY (October 21, 2010) -

New York State's economy lost 15,600 private sector jobs, or 0.2%, on a seasonally adjusted basis in September 2010, the State Labor Department reported today.  The total nonfarm job count in New York also decreased in September 2010, falling by 37,600, or 0.4%.  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 remained unchanged at 8.3% between August and September 2010.  The number of unemployed New York State residents dropped slightly, from 800,600 in August to 798,900 in September 2010.  The statewide labor force rose by 10,300 over this period.

 "The economic recovery underway in New York State has slowed somewhat in recent months.  The state's private sector job count has declined in three of the last five months.  However, our statewide unemployment rate for September 2010, at 8.3%, remained unchanged from the August 2010 level and was well below the nation's rate of 9.6%," said Norman A. Steele, Deputy Director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

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

1) Unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted)

New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed the same at 8.3% from August 2010 to September 2010.  The U.S. unemployment rate also was unchanged at 9.6% over the last month.  New York City's rate dropped slightly, from 9.4% to 9.3% between August and September 2010.  The rate in the rest of the state (outside of New York City) was stable at 7.5% from August to September 2010.

Unemployment Rates* (seasonally adjusted)


September 2010*

  August 2010

September 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 September 2010 Job Numbers Report.


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