City's unemployment rate rises despite statewide record job creation: Report
The city's unemployment rate hit a four-month high of 9.1% in January despite the state setting a new record for consecutive months of job creation, according to stats released Thursday by the Department of Labor.
Some 30,000 new private-sector jobs were created in the state in January, marking a record-breaking 17 months in a row that the state created jobs, the department said.
Still, the unemployment rate was up from 8.8% in December, officials said.
"New York state's strong economy continues to grow in 2013 and is setting records for consecutive job growth," said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics.