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New York reports steep drop in private sector jobs

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 14:22:58-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York is reporting the largest drop in private sector jobs since 2009 with statewide unemployment rates rising to 4.5% in March.

According to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Labor, New York lost approximately 42,900 private sector jobs in the month of March. This marks the state's steepest monthly decline since April of 2009. More than half of those job losses were reported in leisure and hospitality, primarily in accommodation and food services.

Within the last week, New York has revamped its unemployment system to help deal with the overwhelming amount of claims coming in to the department in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many people have contacted 7 Eyewitness News saying how their claims remain in limbo.