According to a report released this week by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York has regained nearly 95 percent of jobs the state lost during the recession. New York City, which accounts for 44 percent of the jobs in New York State, regained 129 percent of the jobs lost during the recession. While that city’s suburbs have reported moderate gains, several upstate cities have regained only a small portion of the jobs lost during the recession, and some have continued to lose jobs.
But the report also finds something that will not be news to many of us — some regions in the state continue to struggle, as shown by a rising unemployment rate. Eight counties have double-digit unemployment rates. The report also noted unemployment rate at the county level exceeded the statewide rate of 8.5 in 33 of the state’s 62 counties.