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UNEMPLOYMENT WATCH A few hundred people in Queens get back to work

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:43 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

The jobless rate in Queens fell again in March as more people came off the unemployment rolls, but the number who are actually working barely changed from the year before, according to the latest report from the state Labor Department.

A similar trend was seen citywide and statewide, according to the figures, released in late April. Only nationally did the number of employed people rise at a rate nearly commensurate with the drop in joblessness.

The unemployment rate in Queens fell to 7.7 percent in March, compared to 8.5 percent in March 2012, the state reported. But only 300 more people in the borough were working: 1,037,500 compared to 1,037,200 the year before, a change of three-one hundredths of a percent.

Citywide, the jobless rate fell to 8.5 percent from 9.4 percent, with the number of working people rising to 3,629,000 from 3,627,800 in March 2012. Statewide, the rate dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.1 percent, with 8,725,500 people employed, compared to 8,713,600.

Nationally, there were 142,698,000 people in the workforce in March 2013, compared to 141,412,000 a year before, an improvement of nine-tenths of a percentage point. Nationwide unemployment dropped from 8.4 percent to 7.6 percent.

The jobless rate in Queens continued to be better than that of the Bronx, at 11.6 percent, and Brooklyn, at 9.2 percent, but not as good as Manhattan’s 7.1 percent and on a par with Staten Island’s 7.5 percent.

The state’s monthly jobs reports and other data are available at labor.ny.gov.

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