State of New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's unemployment rate is at its lowest level in seven years.

The state labor department pegs the new rate at 5.4 percent. Preliminary figures show the state economy added 19,300 private sector jobs in July for a record high of nearly 7.9 million.

New York City's unemployment rate also dropped from 6.1 percent to 5.7 percent, its lowest level since August 2008.

The labor department says over the past three months, New York has added 95,300 private sector jobs, marking the state's largest three-month jobs gain on record.

Private educational and health services added the most positions — nearly 68,000 — of any major industry sector. Those jobs were mostly in health care and social assistance. Natural resources and mining was the only sector to lose jobs.

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