Officials: New York Recovered More Jobs Than Thought

It was a mixed bag of job recovery news in both New York state and New York City

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    State labor officials say New York has recovered 65,000 more private-sector jobs than previously estimated.

    The state Labor Department announced Thursday that as of December 2011 the state had recovered 76 percent of the private-sector jobs lost in the recession in 2008 and 2009. The number of private-sector jobs believed recovered rose from 180,400 to 245,400.

    From January 2011 to January 2012, the number of private-sector jobs grew by 1.7 percent in New York state and by 2.3 percent in New York City.

    At the same time, unemployment rose from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent in New York state and from 8.9 percent to 9.3 percent in New York City.

    There were job losses in the public sector and in the information and construction industries.