The latest New York State Department of Labor statistics indicate that unemployment has dropped in Bronx County, from 11.6% in March to 10.5% in April. Given these new numbers, the Bronx is no longer the county with the highest unemployment rate in New York State, having surpassed both Hamilton County (11.4%) and Lewis County (10.9%).

“What we are doing is, indeed, working,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “This drop in unemployment is not simply a result of people coming off the unemployment rolls, but also of more people finding jobs and getting to work. During my first four years in office we have worked aggressively to bring new jobs to the Bronx, all while strengthening the businesses that are already here.”

Borough President Diaz added, “My office will continue its efforts to bring new development to every corner of the Bronx. We still have work to do, but today’s number show us that our efforts in job creation are bearing fruit.”

New York State Department of Labor statistics indicate that 485.6 thousand Bronx residents were employed in April 2013, up from 481.7 thousand in March 2013.

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