NY reports 7.6% August unemployment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York labor officials report the state’s unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6% in August from 7.5% a month earlier.

The state Department of Labor says the rate rose in the state outside of New York City from 6.8% to 6.9%.

The rate for New York City was 8.6%, up from 8.4% in July.

Overall, the state’s jobless rate was a point lower than the 8.6% reported for August 2012.

The national rate was 7.3%, down from 8.1% last year.

The labor department says manufacturing and government continued to lead in job losses, with gains seen in service sectors

The federal government calculates the state rate partly based on a monthly telephone survey of 3,100 households in New York.

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