New York lost a town’s worth of employment last month, shedding 33,000 private sector jobs in March, according to state Labor Department figures released last week. Employment in the state has dropped for seven consecutive months, for a loss of 176,100 private sector jobs since August.

The job loss brought the total private sector job count down to 7,138,100, wiping out 40% of the 400,000 jobs the state added during the 2003 to 2008 economic expansion, the department said.

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