Uh oh, people. The job market in New York City is officially perking up. Which means … that old “nobody’s hiring” excuse is just not going to fly. If you want to stay home and eat peanut butter and watch Law and Order all day, you better at least call yourself a “blogger” or something. Not that we’d know anything about that.
But, seriously, this is pretty great news, because we know how it feels to want a job and not have one (see YourUnemployedDaughter). And it was only a tablespoon of peanut butter, for your information. That Jesse L. Martin sure is handsome!
The city economy roared to life in March as employers added 14,400 jobs and the unemployment rate continued a three-month decline.
Roared to life! That’s pretty impressive. Less impressive but still confidence-boosting in all the right places: The unemployment rate dipped from 10.2 percent to 10 percent. And there are but 397,200 unemployed folks in the city. While that’s more than you could host at a casual rooftop soiree, it’s the lowest level since last July, when 395,800 New Yorkers were sans job and running around complaining that they couldn’t even get a tan because it wouldn’t stop raining.
Of course, nobody wants to be called out for being “optimistic,” so it’s recommended you take all that with a grain of salt. So as not to jinx things.
“You don’t want to get too carried away as it’s only one month, but we did have very strong job growth by historical standards,” said James Brown, principal economist at the state Department of Labor.
See, even James Brown the economist can’t hide his positive groovin’ vibe! So add that grain of salt to your margarita and get on out there — the weather’s fine iffy and it’s Thursday night. The jobs, it seems, will be there tomorrow.