The state’s unemployment rate last month declined from 4.9 percent to 4.8 percent, though the state’s private-sector jobs count decreased by 11,900 in October.

The number of unemployed New Yorkers fell by 1,900, according to the Department of Labor.

“New York State’s unemployment rate fell over the month, from 4.9% to 4.8%, due to an expanding labor force and a decrease in the number of unemployed. Additionally, the state’s economy has added more than 98,000 private sector jobs over the past year,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

The decline comes after several months of increased unemployment rates in the state.

The national unemployment rate stands at 4.1 percent.