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More people working in Queens, and beyond

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 9:08 am, Thu Jul 17, 2014.

The number of people working in Queens increased in May by about 23,100 compared to the same month in 2013, according to state Labor Department figures released at the end of June.

That brought the unemployment rate in the borough down eight-tenths of a point in a year-to-year comparison, from 7.7 percent in May 2013 to 6.9 percent in May 2014.

There were 1,080,500 people with jobs in the borough in May of this year, compared to 1,057,400 the year before, the department said.

Similar year-to-year gains were recorded across the city, state and nation. The unemployment rates were, however, slightly higher in May than they were in April.

Officials said that statewide, the number of private sector jobs reached 7,568,600 in May, an all-time high, and they touted the last year and a half of improvements in the employment situation.

“New York State’s economy continued to grow in May as it added 21,300 private sector jobs, reaching a new all-time high and outpacing job growth nationwide,” Bohdan Wynnyk, deputy director of the Labor Department’s division of research and statistics, said in a prepared statement. “This marked the 18th consecutive month of private sector employment gains.”

The 18 months of statewide job growth marks the longest such streak since 1990, the department said.

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