Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday touted the state’s 6.2 percent unemployment as the lowest level in six years as well as an honor from a tax group that his administration previously criticized.

The unemployment rate fell last month from 6.4 percent to 6.2 percent.

“When this administration took office four years ago, taxes were out of control and jobs and businesses were leaving as a result. Today, we’re seeing a different New York: one that has put its fiscal house in order and is continuing to create new opportunities every day,” Cuomo said in a statement.

It just so happens this comes as Cuomo runs for re-election against Republican Rob Astorino, who has knocked the governor for its handling of the state’s economy, especially in parts of the upstate region.

Cuomo today also accepted an award on the state’s behalf from the Tax Foundation for lowering tax rates. A top Cuomo aide had previously blasted the group as a “right-wing think tank.”

Cuomo’s secretary, Larry Schwartz, reacted in 2012 to the Tax Foundation ranking the state dead last in tax climate as being “based on ideology and not facts.”

But today, the Tax Foundation is honoring the state for “outstanding achievement in tax reform.”

“The news that our unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest since 2008 is proof that New York is on the move. I am honored to receive this award from the Tax Foundation on behalf of New York State in recognition of the State’s efforts, and will continue working to further that progress and keep the arrows pointed in the right direction.”

Updated: Bill O’Reilly of the Astorino campaign responds.

“New Yorkers pay the highest taxes in America — 40% more than the average American,” he said. “New York taxes are crippling our middle class to the point where 41% of New Yorkers now say they would leave New York if they could. And Andrew Cuomo is crowing? Can he possibly be more out of touch with the average New Yorker?”