Job seekers line up to apply for positions at an American Apparel store April 2, 2009 in New York City. Weekly unemployment claims have reached a 26-year high.
State labor officials say New York's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in April, down slightly from 8.6 percent in March.
The state Department of Labor reports that the April rate was the lowest since May 2009.
The labor department says Thursday the state's economy gained 31,500 private-sector jobs. That was the fourth straight monthly increase.