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New York State Department of Labor

New York State Economy Adds 13,600 Private Sector Jobs in June

State’s Unemployment Rate Increased to 8.0%

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Albany, NY (July 21, 2011) -

New York State’s economy gained 13,600 private sector jobs, or 0.2%, in June 2011, the State Labor Department reported today. Since the state’s economic recovery began in November 2009, New York has recouped just over 50%, or 169,200, of the private sector jobs lost during the 2008-2009 recession.

The state’s unemployment rate increased over the month from 7.8% in May to 8.0% in June 2011. (Note: The preliminary May unemployment rate of 7.9% was revised to 7.8%.) The number of unemployed New Yorkers also increased -- from 751,600 in May to 760,500 in June 2011.

“In June 2011, the New York State economy continued its recovery from the effects of the last recession, adding 13,600 private sector jobs. Like the nation as a whole, our state unemployment rate increased over the month, and now stands at 8.0%. However, we remained significantly below the nation’s jobless rate, which increased to 9.2% in June,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Chief of Labor Statistics, Division of Research and Statistics.

Note: The data above are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons of the same month; for example, June 2010 versus June 2011.

1) Unemployment rates (seasonally adjusted):

In June 2011, New York State’s unemployment rate increased from 7.8% in May to 8.0% in June 2011. The U.S. rate also rose over this time period -- from 9.1% in May to 9.2% in June 2011.

Unemployment Rates*
*Data are preliminary and subject to change based on standard procedures outlined by the USDOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
June 2011*May 2011June 2010
United States 9.2 9.1 9.5
New York State 8.0 7.8 8.6
New York City 8.7 8.6 9.5
NYS, outside NYC 7.4 7.3 7.9


2) Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) and Extended Benefits (EB) programs:

During the week that included June 12, 2011, 455,005 people (including out-of-state claimants) received benefits under the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08), or Extended Benefits (EB) programs. This figure includes 416,165 who live in New York State. Residents who received benefits under these programs made up 55% of the total unemployed in the state in June 2011.

For the federally funded EB program:

  • Since New York State’s average unemployment rate fell below 8.0% for the three months ending May 2011, the number of available weeks of Extended Benefits decreased from 20 to 13, effective the week ending July 10, 2011 (i.e., the maximum number of weeks of all unemployment benefits available to claimants in New York decreased from 93 to 86 weeks).
  • The last week payable for EB in New York State is the week ending January 8, 2012.

For the EUC08 program:

  • In order to be eligible for the 1st Tier of EUC08, claimants must exhaust 26 weeks of regular UI by December 25, 2011 and begin claiming EUC08 by January 1, 2012.
  • Claimants who exhaust the 1st or 2nd Tier of EUC08 by January 1, 2012 are eligible to move to the next Tier of EUC08.
  • The last week payable for EUC08 is the week ending June 10, 2012.

People establishing a new claim during the week beginning July 4, 2011 or later may only receive up to 26 weeks of regular Unemployment Insurance, and do not qualify for any extended or emergency compensation unemployment benefits. Claimants are encouraged to use the department’s online Unemployment Insurance calculator to estimate the amount of unemployment benefits due. See the calculator on the Department of Labor’s web site or go here: http://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/UIBenefitsCalculator.shtm


3) Jobs data (seasonally adjusted):

U.S. and New York State, May 2011 - June 2011

The table below compares the over-the-month change in total nonfarm and private sector jobs in the United States and New York State between May 2011 and June 2011.

Change in Total Nonfarm and Private Sector Jobs,
May 2011 - June 2011
Change in
Total Nonfarm Jobs:

(private sector + government)
Change in
Private Sector Jobs:
United States +18,000 +0.0% +57,000 +0.1%
New York State +2,900 +0.0% +13,600 +0.2%


4) Jobs data (not seasonally adjusted):

U.S., New York State, Major Regions, and Metro Areas: June 2010 - June 2011

The table below compares the over-the-year change in total nonfarm and private sector jobs in the United States, New York State, the Upstate and Downstate regions, and metro areas in the state between June 2010 and June 2011.

Change in Total Nonfarm and Private Sector Jobs,
June 2010 - June 2011
Change in
Total Nonfarm Jobs:
(private sector + government)
Change in
Private Sector Jobs:
United States +1,171,000 +0.9% +1,859,000 +1.7%
New York State +52,600 +0.6% +113,600 +1.6%
Downstate NY (10-co. area) +16,100 +0.3% +54,400 +1.2%
  New York City +21,700 +0.6% +51,400 +1.6%
  Suburban Counties -5,600 -0.3% +3,000 +0.2%
    Nassau-Suffolk -6,800 -0.5% -1,400 -0.1%
    Putnam-Rockland-Westchester +1,200 +0.2% +4,400 +0.9%
Upstate NY (52-co. area) +13,600 +0.4% +35,800 +1.5%
  Metro Areas +17,300 +0.7% +34,000 +1.7%
    Albany-Schenectady-Troy -2,800 -0.6% +4,900 +1.5%
    Binghamton 0 0.0% +100 +0.1%
    Buffalo-Niagara Falls +7,300 +1.3% +9,200 +2.1%
    Glens Falls -1,200 -2.1% -300 -0.6%
    Ithaca +1,600 +2.6% +1,500 +2.8%
    Kingston -1,600 -2.6% -800 -1.7%
    Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown -1,400 -0.6% +700 +0.4%
    Rochester +10,700 +2.1% +12,400 +2.9%
    Syracuse +3,900 +1.2% +4,200 +1.7%
    Utica-Rome +800 +0.6% +2,100 +2.2%
Non-metro Counties -3,700 -0.6% +1,800 +0.4%


Job highlights since June 2010:

  • Since June 2010, the number of private sector jobs in the state increased by 113,600, or 1.6%. Over the same time frame, the nation’s private sector job count increased by 1.7%.
  • Private sector jobs grew by 1.2% over the past year in the 10-county Downstate region. Job gains in the Downstate region were centered in New York City, which grew by 1.6%.
  • In the 52-county Upstate region, private sector jobs grew by 1.5% over the past year. Upstate’s employment gains were most rapid in the region’s metro areas, which grew by 1.7%.
  • Over the past year, the private sector job count grew most rapidly in these metro areas:
    • Rochester (+2.9%)
    • Ithaca (+2.8%)
    • Utica-Rome (+2.2%)
    • Buffalo-Niagara Falls (+2.1%)
  • Kingston (-1.7%), Glens Falls (-0.6%) and Nassau-Suffolk (-0.1%) were the only metro areas in the state to lose private sector jobs between June 2010 and June 2011.

5) Jobs data (not seasonally adjusted):

Change in jobs by major industry sector, June 2010 - June 2011

The table below compares the over-the-year change in jobs by major industry sector in New York State between June 2010 and June 2011.

Change in Jobs by Major Industry Sector,
June 2010 - June 2011

*The educational and health services category is in the private sector. Government includes public education and health services.
Sectors With Job Gains:
Professional & Business Services +38,800
Educational & Health Services* +32,400
Leisure & Hospitality +17,500
Trade, Transportation & Utilities +10,400
Financial Activities +7,000
Other Services +5,500
Construction +2,700
Information +1,800
Sectors With Job Losses:
Government* -61,000
Manufacturing -2,500


Highlights among NYS sectors with job gains since June 2010:

  • Professional and business services added the most private sector jobs (+38,800) over the past year. Within that sector, job gains were greatest in administrative and support services (+20,500) and professional, scientific and technical services (+14,500).

  • Private sector educational and health services (+32,400) registered the second greatest increase in jobs between June 2010 and June 2011. Within that sector, both educational services (+16,500) and health care and social assistance (+15,900) added jobs.
  • The third largest over-the-year jobs increase occurred in leisure and hospitality (+17,500). Sector gains were greatest in accommodation and food services (+17,400), especially food services and drinking places (+14,000).

Highlights among NYS sectors with job losses since June 2010:

  • Over the past year, government lost the most jobs (-61,000) of any sector. Employment declines were greatest at the federal level (-35,500), reflecting the loss of large numbers of temporary Census-related positions over the past year. Job losses also occurred at the local (-18,400) and state (-7,100) levels over the past 12 months.
  • The manufacturing job count also declined (-2,500) over the past year, with factory losses centered in non-durable goods (-2,900), especially printing and related activities (-2,700).


6) Characteristics of the unemployed (not seasonally adjusted):

The tables below compare the 12-month moving average unemployment rate by racial/ethnic group and by level of educational attainment. All data come from the Current Population Survey, which is a monthly survey of households conducted by the Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment Rates by Race/Ethnicity
Race/Ethnicity12-month period ending:
June 2011May 2011June 2010
Total 8.3 8.4 8.6
White (non-Hispanic) 6.5 6.6 6.9
Black (non-Hispanic) 14.3 14.2 14.3
Asian (non-Hispanic) 4.3 4.5 6.2
Hispanic 11.8 11.9 11.8

Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment
(Persons 25 years and older)
Educational Attainment12-month period ending:
June 2011May 2011June 2010
Less than High School 12.2 12.3  11.7 
HS Diploma/GED 8.6 8.7 8.3
Some College/Associate Degree 7.6 7.5  7.7 
Bachelor's Degree 6.1 6.2 6.2
Master's Degree or Higher 3.2 3.2  3.7 

Note: The responsibility for the production of monthly estimates of state and metro area nonfarm employment by industry moved from the Division of Research and Statistics to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), starting with March 2011 estimates. More detailed information on the change is available on the BLS web site.

Many economic data series have a seasonal pattern, which means they tend to occur at the same time each year (e.g., retail jobs usually increase in December). Seasonal adjustment is the process of removing seasonal effects from a data series. This is done to simplify the data so that they may be more easily interpreted and help to reveal true underlying trends. Seasonal adjustment permits comparisons of data from one month to data from any other month.

Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, for New York and every other state are based on statistical regression models specified by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We survey 18,000 business establishments to get jobs data for New York State by industry. The jobs data do not include agricultural workers, the self-employed, unpaid family workers and domestic workers in private households.


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