UnemploymentNew York City had the highest unemployment rate during the month of October in the state of New York, according to data from the state Department of Labor (DOL).

During the month of October, the citywide unemployment rate was 8.4% — slightly lower than the average 8.4% rate for other metro areas in the state but more than double the unemployment rate of most other counties.

The data shows October 2021′s unemployment rate is much lower than it was in October 2020, 8.4% and 11.7% respectively. The state’s unemployment rate was 6%, down fro 8.3% the previous year. Nationally, the unemployment rate in October 2021 was 4.3%, slightly lower than 4.6% in October 2020.

Staten Island’s unemployment rate, 7.6%, has the second-lowest unemployment of the five boroughs, only higher than Manhattan:

Bronx: 11.7%
Brooklyn: 8.6%
Queens: 8.1%
Manhattan: 6.5%

While still high compared to other New York state counties, the borough’s unemployment rate did drop compared to October 2020 when it was 9.6%, according to the DOL. The 7.6% of unemployed people represents 16,500 people; there are 200,600 employed Staten Island residents, the data shows.

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