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N.Y. Jobless Rate Falls to 6.7% as Private Jobs Increase

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May 15 (Bloomberg) -- New York’s unemployment fell to 6.7 percent in April, the lowest since December 2008, as the number of private-industry jobs climbed to a record.

April marked the 17th consecutive month that the state has added business jobs, the longest streak since at least 1990, the state Labor Department said today in a statement. New York is one of 17 states to have regained all the private jobs lost during the 18-month recession that ended in 2009, according to the department.

The New York City jobless rate was 7.9 percent, down from 8.8 percent in April 2013. The rest of the state had unemployment of 5.8 percent, down from 7.1 percent a year earlier. The U.S. unemployment rate in April was 6.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of private jobs in New York rose to 7.54 million, according to the department.

To contact the reporter on this story: Freeman Klopott in Albany at fklopott@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net Mark Schoifet

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