An employment-based unemployment rate for New York state hit a new high of 6.1% in September, a new record, and a record for September.
In contrast, the overall unemployment rate dropped to 5.5% in the same period, according to the Labor Department’s monthly report released Monday.
The unemployment rate is the share of the civilian labor force that is not actively seeking work.
The jobless rate has been steadily climbing since April, with the rate rising to 6% for the month of September.
The average for September was 6.4%.
In a statement, New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said the increase was a good indicator of New Yorkers’ job security.
The unemployment rate, a better measure of how well people are getting along, is the latest sign that the economy is doing well, he said.
“The numbers tell a very simple story: the economy continues to grow,” Cuomo said.
“We have seen the largest expansion in real estate investment and home building since the Great Depression, and more importantly, more and more people are working and earning a paycheck.
That’s a great sign.
We need to get back to full employment, but we can’t do it on the backs of the working poor.”
The jobless rates are up for two months in a row, but the pace of job growth in September was much slower than expected.
That is partly because of a sharp drop in payrolls and a large increase in people receiving public assistance, the governor said.
The overall rate is also down slightly from the previous month, but that is partly due to the fact that more people have been working part time for more weeks than previously.
The state has been under a severe recession since the financial crisis and is still on track to be one of the deepest in the nation.
Despite the drop in the unemployment rates, New Yorkers have not seen a significant decline in the number of people who have applied for unemployment benefits.
This week, more than 6 million people received some form of aid, according the Labor department.
In the past three weeks, the number has more than doubled to more than 11 million, with about 10.5 million receiving aid.