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Ithaca adds 1,500 jobs between June and July 2013

Between June and July of 2013, New York State’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.5%, remaining at its lowest level since February of 2009.

Figures released by the State Department of Labor show in areas outside of New York City, the unemployment rate fell from 6.9% to 6.8%.

The Ithaca area has added nearly 1,500 jobs since July of 2012, a 2.4% increase.

President of the Tompkins County Chamber Jean McPheeters credits grants for job training programs in spurring an increase in hiring state-wide and locally.

“The economic indicators look like real GDP is going to advance at a faster pace in the second half of the year,” Mcpheeters said. “I found that heartening.”

McPheeters believes the recent jobs numbers could spell a turning point in the economic recovery.

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