Upstate NY unemployment drops to 6.4 percent

Upstate NY unemployment drops to 6.4 percent

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state labor department reports that the unemployment rate for New York's 52-county upstate region fell to 6.4 percent in December, down from 8.4 percent a year earlier.

The 10-county downstate region including New York City saw the rate fall from 8.2 percent to 6.7 percent over the year, and metropolitan areas upstate saw their rate drop from 8.1 to 6.2 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in December. The national rate was 6.7 percent.

The labor department says Tuesday that 109,900 private sector jobs were added to New York's economy in 2013, bringing the job count to a record high of 7,503,700.

Health care, social services, retail and food service accounted for most of the job gains. Government lost 13,200 jobs, more than any other sector. More than half were in schools.

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