The New York State Department of Labor released their monthly unemployment numbers today and the city's jobless rate had its biggest jump since records began being tallied in 1976. Over the last ten years, the city adds an average of just under 19,000 jobs in February—this year it lost 3,600. An analyst with the Labor Department told the Times, “The city’s economy continues to weaken month-by-month with over-the-year losses widening dramatically." Meanwhile national claims rose by 5.5 million in February, the highest number in over 40 years, and much worse than economists predicted. Over the last few months, the city has been losing jobs at a higher rate than the rest of the nation.