The economy in New York continues to improve.
The State Department of Labor announced that New York state added 5,900 private sector jobs in October and 110,300 private sector jobs in 2012.
The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percent to 8.7 percent. The number of unemployed fell by 17,500 to 830,600. New York’s private sector job growth was in line with the rest of the country, though the national unemployment rate is 0.8 percent higher.
Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties saw a 1.1 percent increase in job growth, gaining 6,400 jobs and 8,000 private sector jobs. Statewide, professional and business services gained 52,600 jobs, while educational and health Services gained 37,900, consistent with earlier numbers.
Also statewide, construction lost 12,400 jobs, while manufacturing lost 3,700 jobs. Information, which covers publishing, broadcasting and telecommunications, among other fields, lost 5,400 jobs.