The New York City metropolitan area lost 1.3 million over the last year, a report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday found.
The area, composed of parts of New York, northern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania now has its lowest employment total since 2011.
And the metropolitan area had the fastest rate of job losses among the dozen largest metropolitan areas in the country, a reduction of 13.6% amid the coronavirus pandemic that has shuttered businesses and workplaces.
Nationally the job count declined by 7.7%.
The report comes amid depending economic problems for New York state and New York City, as officials continue to push for a federal aid package that for now has stalled in Congress.
Mayor Bill de Blasio for now has delayed 22,000 public-sector layoffs; Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said cuts of 20% for the state's budget across the board are likely and could lead to steep job losses.
The leisure and hospitality industry lost the largest number of jobs between July 2019 and July 2020, a drop of nearly 44%, the Department of Labor found. That's a far deeper plunge in the sector in the area than the national total of 24.2%, according to the report.
In the trade, transportation and utilities sector, 200,000 jobs were lost. Government lost 151,100 jobs, while education and health services lost 150,900 jobs.