The budget may be two-and-a-half-months late, and service cuts are everywhere, but at least lawmakers can say there are a few new jobs.
The seasonably adjusted unemployment rate fell to 9.6 percent in New York City, back to May 2009 levels and down from a high of 10.5 percent in January, according to the State Department of Labor. (The state fell overall, from 8.4 percent to 8.3 percent in April).
Overall, the state added 95,800 non-farm jobs between April and May.
Then again, not all of this is permanent: There was a big spike—30,100 jobs—in federal employment, in large part due to the hiring of census workers. Apparently, those really low New York City response rates that elected officials complained about are good for employment.