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New York locksmiths get new job, pay raises

New York — Locksmiths in Manhattan have been given new jobs, including one in the West Village, a compensation boost and raises that they will now be entitled to for the first time in their careers, according to new state and city labor statistics released Thursday.

The state Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) said that over the past three years, 1,200 New York City locksmith jobs have been created in the City of New York, including 2,700 in Manhattan.

The state has more than 100,000 locksmith employees.

New York’s lock-picking industry is growing at a rate of more than 10 percent a year, and the state is expected to see more than 500,000 new locksmith positions created in 2020.

The New York Department of Labor, the state agency that administers state labor laws, also said Thursday that the state’s jobless rate is 1.3 percent and its jobless-to-work rate is 2.6 percent.

The agency said that in 2020, New York will have 1.9 million unemployed people.

The office said that since the beginning of 2017, the city has seen its overall unemployment rate decline from 8.5 percent to 7.9 percent, which is down from 10.3 to 10.2 percent in the previous two years.

The city has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, at 4.5 per 1,000 people.

The unemployment rate for those who are employed is 2 to 3 times the national rate.