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Labor Statistics for the Hudson Valley Region Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties

For the 12-month period ending in December 2016, private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased by 8,000 or 1.0 percent, to 798,100. Jobs were added in educational and health services (+6,300), professional and business services (+4,900), leisure and hospitality (+2,800), and trade, transportation and utilities (+2,200). Job losses were mostly centered in natural resources, mining, and construction (-5,000), manufacturing (-1,100), information (-900), financial activities (-700), and other services (-500).

In December 2016, the region’s private sector job count grew by 1.0 percent – a nice rebound from the 0.6 percent over-the-year growth reported in November. Education and health services sector continued to be the region’s leading job generator, up 3.1 percent year-over-year – second largest December year-over-year growth since 1999. Job growth in that supersector is attributed to a strong health care component, especially in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester labor market area. Employment growth in professional and business services (+4.7 percent) was also strong – largest December year-over-year percentage increase since 2011.

Within the region, year-over-year, private sector job growth was fastest in the Kingston MSA (+1.5 percent), followed by the Orange-Rockland-Westchester labor market area (+1.2 percent), and Sullivan County (+1.0 percent). The Dutchess-Putnam MSA was unchanged over the period.

Special Interest to the Hudson Valley Region:

For more information, please contact:
John Nelson
NYS Department of Labor
120 Bloomingdale Rd., Room 218
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: (914) 997-8798
Fax: (914) 997-4107

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