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GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Warren and Washington counties, added 1,000 jobs, a 1.8% increase, from May 2018 to May 2019, according to state Department of Labor data.

The Glens Falls area saw a gain of 800 private-sector jobs during that time — also a 1.8% increase.

The statewide private-sector job count increased by 87,400, or 1.1%, from May 2018.

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The overall statewide unemployment rate ticked up from 3.9% to 4%, reflecting a weak national jobs report in May, according to a news release. Private-sector payrolls increased by less than 100,000.

The Glens Falls area’s unemployment rate dropped from 3.8% in May 2018 to 3.6% this May.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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