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Labor Statistics for the New York City Region

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties
Labor Statistics for the New York City Region

Developments in the New York City Labor Market

Private sector jobs in New York City fell by 626,800 over-the-year to 3,457,100 in February 2021. Losses were widespread and occurred in leisure and hospitality (-237,500), trade, transportation and utilities (-105,800), professional and business services (-80,500), educational and health services (-79,600), other services (-40,900), natural resources, mining and construction (-26,700), financial activities (-23,500), information (-19,700) and manufacturing (-12,600).

Although still 15.3 percent below year-ago level, the labor market data for February reflect a resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. The city's private sector rate of change (-15.3 percent) compares to a 12.2 percent drop for the state and a 6.0 percent decline for the nation.

The city's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.9 percent in February 2021, an increase of 0.3 percent from January and a rise of 9.2 percent from February 2020. New York State's rate was 8.9 percent in February 2021. The share of the city's working age population (16+) who were either employed or looking for a job was 58.5 in February.


For More Information Please Contact:

Elena Volovelsky
NYS Department of Labor
9 Bond Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: (718) 613-3971

Email: [email protected]