New York tacks on nearly 20,000 jobs in February, reaching record high

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Jobs in the private sector in New York State are on the rise and officials say it’s hit a record high.

In February of 2016, a record 18,700 jobs were created in the private sector, adding up to 7,884,000 jobs in New York State’s private sector — a new record.

Unemployment dropped a tick in February as well, dropping from 4.9 percent in January to 4.8 percent in February, edging out the national unemployment rate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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