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It’s status quo on the jobs front yet again

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:55 am, Thu Oct 3, 2013.

No news may be good news at times — but not when it’s that the unemployment rate is remaining stubbornly where it’s been for months.

But that was the story in Queens, and elsewhere in the city, according to the latest numbers from the state Labor Department, those for August, which were released Tuesday.

The unemployment rate in this borough remained at 7.7 percent in August, compared to ... 7.7 percent in July and 7.8 percent in June. In May it was 7.4 percent.

That’s still better than the 8.3 percent of August 2012, but the number of people in the borough listed as employed actually fell from July into August, from 1,065,200 to 1,062,900. The number of unemployed people remained the same: 88, 600.

Citywide, the story was the same, as the jobless rate held steady at 8.7 percent; and statewide it was similar, dipping just a tenth of a point from 7.6 percent in July to 7.5 percent in August. Nationally, however, the rate improved from 7.7 percent to 7.3 percent.

The Labor Department said that 22,700 jobs were added to the economy statewide in August, for a gain of 0.3 percent.

The county with the state’s highest unemployment rate remains the Bronx, at 12 percent. The one with the lowest rate is Hamilton County in the Adirondacks — a county so rural it literally does not have a single traffic signal.

Further details, along with tips for job seekers, are posted at labor.ny.gov.

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