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

New York State's Economy Added 29,000 Private Sector Jobs in July

State's Unemployment Rate Held Steady at 8.2%

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Albany, NY (August 19, 2010) -

New York State's economy added 29,000 private sector jobs (+0.4%) in July 2010, the State Labor Department reported today.  This was the state's largest monthly increase since April 2005.  The total nonfarm job count in New York increased by 10,500 (+0.1%) in July 2010.  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 was unchanged at 8.2% in July 2010.  The number of unemployed New York State residents dropped slightly, falling from 798,200 in June to 796,700 in July 2010.  The statewide labor force fell by 28,700 over this period.

"New York State's labor market regained some traction in July, adding 29,000 private sector jobs.  In addition, our unemployment rate held steady at 8.2%, remaining well below the nation's rate of 9.5%," 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, June 2010 versus July 2010.  Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons of the same month; for example, July 2009 versus July 2010.

Unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted)

New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 8.2% between June 2010 and July 2010.  The U.S. unemployment rate was also unchanged over the month, remaining at 9.5% in July 2010.  New York City's rate decreased from 9.5% in June to 9.4% in July 2010.  The rate in the rest of the state (outside of New York City) increased from 7.3% in June to 7.4% in July. 

Unemployment Rates* (seasonally adjusted)


July 2010*

  June 2010

July 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 July 2010 Job Numbers Report.


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