By Jon Campbell, Albany Bureau
ALBANY New York's unemployment rate in April fell to its lowest level since 2009 but still trailed the national average, according to the state Department of Labor.
Statewide, the rate dipped to 7.8 percent from 8.2 percent in March, just behind the national average of 7.5 percent. In New York City, 8.4 percent of residents were unemployed in April, compared to 7.4 percent outside of the city.
New York added a total of 23,800 private-sector jobs from March to April, an increase of 0.3 percent of the workforce, the Labor Department found.
"The New York State economy continued on its upward trend in April 2013," Bohdan Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics, said in a statement. "We saw our seasonally adjusted private sector job count grow ... to 7,452,100, an all-time high."
The state's unemployment rate has been a subject of criticism from business groups and critics of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as it has consistently lagged behind the national rate over the past few years. No area of the state saw its rate drop between 2011 and 2012.
In April, the state rate outside of New York City fell below the national average for the first time since Cuomo took office in 2011, though New York City's rate remains above it.
The New York City unemployment rate had been 8.9 percent in March.