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The spike in unemployment can be explained in part by the dynamics of the labor market. More people were looking for work here.
More people have landed jobs in the region but the unemployment rate increased as more people entered the work force.
The market was bolstered by a strong showing in the government sector, with 2,600 new jobs, an increase of 2.3 percent.
The regional labor force got smaller, at 1,120,600. That was a decrease of 2,600 people, or 0.2 percent, from a year ago.
Gains in local government education employment partially offset losses in the private sector.
The seven-county region was the second strongest labor market in New York behind Long Island’s 4.4 percent unemployment.
A 200-member, multi-agency minimum wage enforcement and outreach unit will police the wage market.
Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties gained 700 jobs last month.
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