Unemployment rate reaches all-time low
NEW YORK STATE--New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent. In November reaching its lowest level on record (current records date back to 1976), according to preliminary figures released by the New York State Department of Labor. In addition, the number of unemployed New Yorkers fell in November, from 387,500 to 379,400, its lowest level since August 1988.
In addition, New York state's private sector job count rose by 5,200, or 0.1 percent, to 8,231,100 in November 2018, a new, all-time high. Since the beginning of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration, the state's economy has added 1,137,000 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 82 of the past 95 months.
The state's private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Monthly payroll employment estimates are preliminary and subject to revision as more data become available the following month. The federal government calculates New York state's unemployment rate based partly upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York state each month.
Note: Seasonally adjusted data are used to provide the most valid month-to-month comparison. Non-seasonally adjusted data are valuable in year-to-year comparisons of the same month for example, November 2017 versus November 2018.