Unemployment continues its decline in the region


ALBANY – Putnam County,
with a 3.9 percent rate of joblessness in March, had the lowest rate in
the Hudson Valley/Catskill region, the state labor department reported
Tuesday. The rate declined by 0.1 percent from the same month last year.

Columbia County and Rockland County, each with 4.0 percent unemployment,
were ranked second in the region. Joblessness fell in both counties by
0.1 percent when compared to March 2016.

Ranked third was Westchester County with 4.1 percent unemployment, down
from 4.3 percent one year earlier.

Orange County was ranked fourth with 4.2 percent unemployment, down from
4.3 percent.

Ulster County, with 4.4 percent joblessness, was ranked fifth. One year
earlier, the county was at 4.5 percent.

Sullivan County, with a 5.0 percent unemployment rate in March, was ranked
sixth and dropped from 5.3 percent one year earlier.

Greene County, at 5.1 percent joblessness, was ranked seventh, with joblessness
falling from 5.7 percent in March of last year.

The March unemployment rate for the Hudson Valley Region was 4.1 percent,
down from 4.8 percent in February and down from 4.3 percent in March 2016.

In March there were 46,100 unemployed in the region, down from 52,600
in February and down from 48,300 in March of last year.


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