The state’s economy added 12,800 prviate sector jobs last month, but the unemployment rate remained flat at 6.8 percent compared to January, according to Department of Labor statistics released on Thursday.

“The New York State economy continued its upward trend, adding 12,800 private sector jobs in February 2014. The state’s jobless rate held steady and remained at a five-year low,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Deputy Director of the Division of Research and Statistics.

The state unemployment rate is slightly higher than the overall unemployment picture in the U.S., which nationally was 6.7 percent in February.

Unemployment in New York City, meanwhile, ticked upward to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in January.

The state outside of the city remained at 6 percent unemployment.

Nevertheless, compared to a year ago the employment picture in New York has improved. In February 2013, unemployment stood at 8 percent.