In June, New York had its highest unemployment rate in more than two years, while the national number of employment has gone steadily down, says the Wall Street Journal (paywall).
According to the Journal, Department of Labor statistics show that the state unemployment rate in June was 8.9 percent and the city was at 10 percent, considerably higher than the national average, which is around 8.2 percent.
James Brown, a state Labor Department market analyst, told the paper that the state’s numbers are driven up by the city, which generally has a higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country because of factors like education levels.
"As the national economy has gained strength, a lot of the strength has been in areas that don't really benefit New York City," Brown told the paper, citing the auto-industry rebound and gains in agriculture as examples.
The article says that about 40 percent of job gains in the past year have been in business and professional services, such as law and accounting firms, though the information services sector – including publishing and music – has lost jobs.
The AP says that another factor is the 105,000 new job seekers who have entered the work force in New York over the past year, creating competition.
"As fast as New York City is creating jobs, people are entering the labor market even faster, which indicates optimism and confidence in the [city's] long-term future,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, in a statement, according to the Journal.