New York’s unemployment rate hit 8.2% in May, a 16-year high, the state’s Labor Department announced last week. New York City’s rate rose even higher, to 9% in May from 8% in April, the highest rate in the city since October 1997. The number of unemployed in the state grew to more than 800,000, the highest level in 33 years.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 9.4% in May, with 14.5 million people out of work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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