ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in November, holding almost steady compared to October and less than the 8.9 percent recorded a year earlier.

The state labor department said New York City’s jobless rate was 9.1 percent, also little changed from October. The national rate stood at 9.8 percent.

The latest figures released Thursday show the number of unemployed New Yorkers climbed to 799,500 from 797,400 a month earlier.

The state economy added almost 78,000 private sector jobs during the past 12 months.

Government was the sector that lost the most jobs over the past year: almost 40,000, including about 25,000 at the local level. The biggest gain was in educational and health services. That sector grew by almost 31,000 jobs.

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