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Labor Statistics for the New York City Region Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties

Private sector employment in New York City rose by 84,500, or 2.3 percent, to 3,744,700 for the 12-month period ending December 2015. Jobs grew in educational and health services (+25,300), professional and business services (+15,000), leisure and hospitality (+13,200), financial activities (+12,600), other services (+8,900), construction (+5,700), information (+2,900), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,900).  Manufacturing (-1,000) was the only sector to lose jobs. Government employment rose by 2,600.

The city’s over-the-year picture was positive, with every sector except manufacturing adding jobs for the 12 months through December 2015.  The city’s over-the-year private sector growth rate (+2.3 percent) was above the comparable rate at the state (+2.1 percent) and the nation (+2.2 percent).

The city’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in December 2015, up 0.2 of a point from October but down 1.5 percentage points compared to a year ago. New York State’s rate was 4.8 percent in November 2015. The share of the city's working-age population (16+) who were employed was 58.1 percent in December 2015. The number of New York City residents with jobs surpassed the 4 million mark for the first time.



James Brown                                                                                                                    Elena Volovelsky
NYS Department of Labor                                                                                              NYS Department of Labor
1 Hudson Square                                                                                                             1 Hudson Square
75 Varick Street, 7th Floor                                                                                              75 Varick Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10013                                                                                                       New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 775-3338                                                                                                   Phone: (212) 775-3330
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