The New York State Department of Labor says that new figures showing the addition of 5,400 non-farm jobs in January saw the state’s unemployment drop from 7.0% to 6.8%, a five-year low.
The unemployment rate for areas outside NYC was 6% in January, a drop of 1.5% from a year ago.
Job losses for the year January 2013 - January 2014 show up in the non-seasonally adjusted figures for Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Binghamton and Elmira.
Employment trends for the same period show job growth in Educational and Health Services, Trade, Transportation & Utilities, Leisure & Hospitality and Professional and Business Services. The sectors where the losses appeared were Government, Manufacturing and Construction.
Combined private sector AND government sector Net figures showed a 1,400 job loss in the state.
The NYS Labor Department also released it's Benchmark Analysis showing, amongst other things, statewide industry trends for 2012-2013.