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Jobless rate rose in June, but then it always does

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:30 am

If you’re out of work and hoping to win the lottery, you just might consider playing combinations of the numbers 4, 7 and 8.

The three digits appear again and again in the state’s latest unemployment and workforce figures, those for June.

The unemployment rate in Queens that month was 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in May but down from the 8.6 percent of June 2012. Citywide, the rate dropped to 8.7 percent from 9.6 percent the year before; statewide it fell to 7.6 percent from 8.7 percent; and nationwide it dipped to 7.8 percent from 8.4 percent.

Unemployment always rises in June, largely because new graduates are entering the workforce, according to Elena Volovelsky, an economist with the state Department of Labor. Volovelsky said that in examining the last 10 years’ worth of employment data, she’s never seen an exception to the rule.

“There has never been a June when the unemployment rate was lower than in May, and the reason is usually because of new graduates entering the workforce, and also because of students getting out of school,” she said.

Another 4,400 people in the borough got jobs in June, while another 4,400 became unemployed.

The increases mean there were 1,051,500 people working in the borough in June, while 88,400 were unemployed. That compares to 1,035,700 and 97,500, respectively, in June 2012. Across the entire city, there were 3,677,800 workers and 349,900 unemployed people.

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