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Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:30 am

The number of people working in Queens was roughly the same in July as it was in June — 1,092,800 — according to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor.

The number counted as unemployed increased from 81,000 to 82,700 and the unemployment rate ticked up by a tenth of a point, from 6.9 percent to 7 percent.

But, as analysts from the department are always quick to point out, those figures are not seasonally adjusted and the important comparisons are year to year.

Seen that way, the jobs outlook continues to improve. In July 2013, 1,065,300 people in the borough were working, 27,500 fewer than last month, and the unemployment rate was 8 percent, a full point higher.

Similar trends were seen across the city, state and nation. The city had 3,821,900 people counted as employed last month, 96,000 more than the 3,725,900 working in July 2013. Statewide the figures were 9,093,300 working last month, compared to 9,035,900 the year before. Nationwide there were 147,265,000 people with jobs a month ago, compared to 145,113 in July 2013.

As it always does when releasing the figures, the state touted the positive, saying, “Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, the state’s economy has added 500,700 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 38 of the past 43 months. July 2014 marked New York State’s 20th consecutive month of private sector job growth, the state’s longest streak on record since at least 1990.”

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