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UPDATE: NY jobless rate up slightly; state cites expanding work force

UPDATE: NY jobless rate up slightly; state cites expanding work force

Preliminary figures from the state Labor Department show the state's unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 7.6 percent -- in part because of the state's expanding labor force. The state says more New Yorkers had confidence about finding a job.

New York State has added nearly 127,000 private sector jobs in the last 12 months, but Rochester had a net loss of 800 during that time and was the only metropolitan area in the state with a loss.

The state economy added 22,700 private sector jobs in August, for a growth rate of 0.3 percent. By way of comparison, the nation's private sector job count grew by 0.1 percent in August.

 

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