The New York State economy added private sector jobs for the fifth consecutive month in August.

That's according to numbers released by the New York State Department of Labor.

“The State’s private sector job count has now risen for five consecutive months and in seven of the eight months thus far this year. In August 2017, New York’s private sector employers added 1,700 jobs,” said Bohdan Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Twelve metro areas added jobs over the past year, including the Utica-Rome area.

Meanwhile, New York's statewide unemployment rate increased from 4.7% to 4.8% in August.

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