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UNEMPLOYMENT WATCH Your chance for a job is improving, state reports

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:46 am, Thu Apr 18, 2013.

The employment outlook in Queens improved dramatically in February, according to the state Department of Labor, which released the figures last week.

The jobless rate dropped from 8.9 percent in February 2012 to 8.3 percent two months ago, the state reported. The number of employed people in the borough rose from 1,034,300 to 1, 037,500.

The city as a whole showed the same six-tenths of a percentage point improvement, with unemployment dropping from 9.8 percent to 9.2 percent.

So did the United States, with the national jobless rate slipping from 8.7 percent to 8.1 percent.

New York State, however, saw only half the improvement that the borough, city and nation enjoyed, as unemployment dipped from 9.1 percent to 8.8 percent.

The figures are not seasonally adjusted, which makes them most valid for year-to-year comparisons, according to the state’s labor analysts. February’s figures were also an improvement over January’s, but that is generally the case because of seasonal reasons, the analysts say.

Although the statewide employment picture did not improve as well as that of Queens, the city and the nation, the Labor Department said the Empire State is one of only seven that has regained the full number of jobs lost during the recession. The statewide February job count suffered a tenth of a percentage point loss due to the school bus strike in the city, the department added. The state’s monthly jobs reports and other data are available at labor.ny.gov.

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