Comptroller: NY Last Year Reached Record Employment

ALBANY (AP) -

New York’s employment topped nine million jobs last year, a record with 538,000 added since the recession, the state comptroller reported Monday.

The report showed 143,000 jobs added in 2014, capping four years of steady gains. But growth was uneven statewide, with New York City gaining three-fourths of the total, while four upstate regions lost jobs, led by the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier.

“While unemployment has dropped sharply, more New Yorkers are relying on part-time jobs or have dropped out of the labor force,” Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said.

New York’s average unemployment rate was 6.4 percent last year, down more than two percentage points from two years earlier, but still two points higher than the rate in 2006, the last full year before the recession.