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Change in private sector jobs

New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased in December, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor.

The Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area saw an increase of 200 private-sector jobs since December 2016, according to the report.

For the Glens Falls MSA, which consists of Warren and Washington counties, the unemployment rate rose from 5.5 percent in December 2016 to 5.7 percent for last month. 

The counties in New York with the lowest unemployment rates in December 2017 included Queens County at 3.4 percent, Albany County at 4 percent and Saratoga County at 4.1 percent. 

“New York state’s unemployment rate fell over the month, from 4.7 to 4.6 percent. This was due, in part, to a decrease in the number of unemployed. Additionally, the state’s economy has added 111,700 private-sector jobs over the past year,” said Bohdan Wynnyk, director of the state Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

The state’s private-sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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