City Unemployment Holds Steady in March

In New York City, the rate held at 8.1 percent, the same as February

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009  |  Updated 2:15 PM EDT
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City Unemployment Holds Steady in March

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City unemployment held at 8.1 percent in March. That's up from 5.1 percent last year.

New York's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.8 percent in March, unchanged from the 16-year high recorded in February. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed New Yorkers rose to 765,900 -- the most since September 1992.

The state labor department released the latest statistics Thursday as federal officials announced that the number of Americans receiving unemployment insurance benefits topped 6 million for the first time.
    
In New York City, the rate held at 8.1 percent, the same as February but up from 5.1 percent in March 2008. Outside New York City, northern New York's Lewis County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.9 percent, down from 12.6 in February.
    
The lowest rate, 5.7 percent, was in Tompkins County.

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