By Keiko Morris

New York City's unemployment rate dropped to 7.8% in July--from 7.9% in June--even though the private sector lost 9,000 jobs.

A contraction in the private labor market between June and July is typical, and this year the decrease was much smaller than usual, said Elena Volovelsky, a labor-market analyst with the New York State Department of Labor.

The 10-year average drop in jobs from June to July is 27,500, she said.

Despite the loss of private-sector jobs, there were some 3.5 million of them in the city, about 100,000 more than in July 2013. The unemployment rate a year ago was 8.8%.

In the past year the education-and-health-care sector added the most jobs, with an increase of 37,800, Ms. Volovelsky said.

The motion-picture industry expanded by 3,000 jobs, or 5.8%. If the industry continues to add jobs at this pace, it is on track to beat its all-time employment record of 55,300, reached in December, she said.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 14, 2014 23:40 ET (03:40 GMT)

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