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New York's Unemployment Rate Ticks Down

The state's unemployment rate dropped slightly as it's private-sector job count ticked up.

The state's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in March as it added 8,600 private-sector jobs. The Binghamton area enjoyed an increase of 400 private-sector jobs from march of 2014 to March of 2015. That's a jump of 0.5 percent, a number that trails both the state and the country.

"We're lagging as far as our growth goes. I'm encouraged by the growth. Not only that but it's been fairly consistent since the last quarter of last year as far as year-over-year job growth. But, we definitely want to see more momentum," said New York State Department of Labor analyst Christian Harris.

The state unemployment rate of 5.7 percent is the lowest since August of 2008.