Private sector employment in New York City rose by 96,500, or 2.6 percent, to 3,750,700 for the 12-month period ending April 2016. Jobs grew in educational and health services (+32,400), professional and business services (+24,700), leisure and hospitality (+11,700), construction (+7,800), other services (+5,500), information (+5,300), financial activities (+4,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,100) and manufacturing (+1,300). Government employment rose by 3,300.
The city’s over-the-year picture was positive, with every sector adding jobs for the 12 months through April 2016. The city’s over-the-year private sector growth rate (+2.6 percent) was above the comparable rate at the state (+1.5 percent) and the nation (+2.2 percent).
The city’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in April 2016, down 0.1 of a point from March and 0.5 of a percentage point compared to a year ago. New York State’s rate was 4.9 percent in April 2016. The share of the city's working-age population (16+) who were employed was 58.0 percent in April 2016. The number of City residents with jobs increased by 59,900 (+1.5%) between April 2015 and April 2016.
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