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More people working, but jobless rate stays at 7.7%

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:30 am

There wasn’t much change in the employment picture for Queens in July, though 14,000 more people were working than had been in June, while only several hundred more were listed as unemployed.

The jobless rate in Queens in July, the figures for which were released by the state Department of Labor in late August, was unchanged from June but remained better than a year ago, which analysts say is the more important comparison.

The unemployment rate in the borough was 7.7 percent in July, compared to 8.8 percent in July 2012. That improvement was reflected across the city, state and nation as a whole, though the city’s jobless rate remains a full point higher than the rest.

There were 1,065,300 people working in Queens in July, compared to 1,051,600 in June and 1,040,700 in July 2012. On the other side of the ledger, there were 88,800 people unemployed here, compared to 88,200 in June and 100,500 in July 2012.

The Labor Department touted the year-to-year improvement statewide in announcing the latest statistics.

“The New York State economy has continued to improve since last year,” said Bohdan Wynnyk, the department’s deputy director for research and statistics. “Since July 2012, we have added 129,300 private sector jobs, and New York is just one of nine states to have regained all of the jobs lost during the recession.”

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

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