The New York City Council on Wednesday passed legislation to ban private sector employers from asking job applicants if they have been convicted of a crime.
The state Labor Department says preliminary estimates indicate total nonfarm wage and salary employment grew to 3,881,000.
On average, New York City employees are paid 17 percent less than workers in the private sector, according to Comptroller John Liu.
The Labor Department said the private sector shed 13,300 jobs last month while the public sector cut 3,000 jobs.
The study released earlier this month finds the private sector is sagging under the cost of providing health care. Sixty-six percent of companies surveyed say they are struggling a great deal or somewhat to maintain coverage for employees.
Paladino released his plan Monday to cut taxes that he said were drowning businesses, stifling expansion and dragging out the recession.