NY Job Growth Lags Behind

New York is gaining new jobs, but not as fast as the rest of the country. A report from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says for the first time in six years, job growth in the Empire State has not kept up with the national average. The report says the Ithaca area has had the best job growth, but it says the Southern Tier in particular has lagged behind. New York added 110 thousand new jobs between last June and this June. The state unemployment rate in July was seven and a half percent, its lowest since 2009. Total employment over the last ten years is down six and a half percent in Binghamton and four percent in Elmira. It was up 12 percent in Ithaca.

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