- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City’s unemployment rate has fallen to 5.7 percent, the lowest it’s been in seven years.

The New York State Department of Labor announced Friday that the city had added 107,800 private sector jobs in the last year.

That’s an increase of 3 percent while the national growth rate was 2.4 percent.

Nearly 10,000 of those jobs were added from June to July, sending the unemployment rate falling from 6.1 percent.

The national unemployment rate is 5.3 percent.

Members of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said the private sector has added 177,000 jobs since he took office in January 2014.

The mayor has recently touted the job numbers as means to push back against the idea that quality of life in the city has deteriorated under his watch.

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