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State jobless rate fell in October from 8.9 to 8.7 percent

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— Officials say New York’s unemployment rate dropped in October as 5,900 new private sector jobs were added to the economy.

The state labor department says 110,300 private sector jobs have been added this year and total employment in the state stands at 7,340,100.

The unemployment rate fell in October to 8.7 percent from 8.9 percent statewide and from 9.5 to 9.3 percent in New York City.

The numbers were released Thursday.

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