For the first time since the Great Recession, more than 9.1 million New Yorkers were working in 2016, according to a report released Monday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
According to the report, the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in 2016, its lowest point in nine years. Most upstate regions continue to struggle with job losses.
DiNapoli says the Southern Tier, the North Country, the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Western New York continue to lose jobs as workers move elsewhere or drop out of the labor force.
“New York’s diverse workforce is a key strength as we compete in today’s global economy,” DiNapoli said. “Statewide, employment is growing and unemployment shrinking. But ensuring good job opportunities for all New Yorkers remains a challenge.”