DNAinfo Manhattan News Update

By Nicole Bode on January 21, 2010 4:09pm | Updated on January 21, 2010 7:42pm

MANHATTAN — This is your DNAinfo Afternoon update for Thursday January 21st.

Sunny and 41 degrees outside, staying in the low 40s through tomorrow.

In your headlines:

The city's unemployment rate jumped to 10.6 percent last month, up from 10 percent in November, the state's Department of Labor said today. That's a 17-year-high, according to the New York Times.

The news comes as the new Costco discount store in East Harlem announced they're laying off 160 workers, more than a quarter of their staff. The store has only been open for two months, but they told the community they had to lay the people off because of poor sales in December.

A SoHo doctor is joining the stream of volunteers heading down to help in Haiti. John Seitz, who works as an anesthesiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, is part of a team going to Port Au Prince for five days to aid the earthquake victims.

A wily coyote was found wandering the streets in Upper Manhattan. The NYPD captured the wild animal Wednesday and brought it to the Bronx zoo.

Those are your headlines. Get all your Manhattan local news at DNAinfo.com.

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