Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is praising new job numbers from the New York State Department of Labor, which show even more improvement in the borough’s unemployment rate.

“As I have said in the past, what we are doing in The Bronx is working. Our efforts are bearing fruit. We are creating jobs, and we are making sure that Bronx residents are getting the jobs we are creating,” said Borough President Diaz.

Last week, the New York State Department of Labor released new unemployment figures for March 2015 which showed The Bronx unemployment rate at 8.9%, down from 9.8% in February 2015 and down from a peak of 13.9% in January 2010. The latest numbers show that Bronx County is no longer the county with the highest unemployment rate in New York State, as well.

The Department of Labor’s complete release can be found at

Since Borough President Diaz took office in 2009, The Bronx has seen more than $7 billion in total development, which has led to the creation of over 15,000 new jobs. In addition, a partnership created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August between the New York State Department of Labor and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, as part of the “NY Works” program, is placing Bronx residents in these jobs, helping to ensure that new development here benefits everyone, especially Bronxites.

“We are making considerable progress in The Bronx, and this is very positive news. But there is more work that needs to be done. My office will continue to work with the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, our elected officials, business community, community boards, non-profits, and the 1.4 million people who call this borough their home to make The Bronx an even better place to live, work and raise a family. Great things are happening in The Bronx, and the best is yet to come,” added Borough President Diaz.