Momentum builds in face-to-face industries as job numbers trend upward

“Slow and steady” continues to describe the city’s jobs recovery, led by growth in the arts, hospitality and construction.

Throughout the five boroughs, employers added 24,700 jobs last month, putting the total for the year so far at 58,000, according to the state Department of Labor. That leaves the city 259,100 jobs short of the all-time high of 4.7 million positions in the city, set in February 2020.

The unemployment rate stayed steady compared with March, at 6.4%, and much lower than January’s 7.6%. In the nation as a whole, the unemployment rate was at 3.6% last month, comparable to March.

In the leisure and hospitality industry,

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