Second largest job growth in state
ALBANY – Greene County saw a 5.6 percent increase in jobs during
the 12-month period ending in June. That growth is second highest in the
state; only Seneca County saw more growth with a 16.9 percent increase.
Greene County Community Development Specialist Carl Heck said the county
has been experiencing an influx of new businesses and residents.
“Both from across the river in Columbia County and Dutchess County
and downstate. I am sure both of those contribute to the employment, though
it has been a little rainy summer, tourism is up as well. Greene County
sales tax has been significant higher in 2017 than in 2016 and the employment
growth is coming with it,” he said.
Sullivan County also saw growth in jobs, at 2.9 percent.
The Orange-Rockland-Westchester Metro Area had a 1.8 percent increases
in employment, while Columbia County jobs grew by 1.7 percent, Dutchess-Putnam
Metropolitan Division employment rose by 1.6 percent, and Ulster County
jobs grew by 1.4 percent.
Private sector jobs in the Hudson Valley grew in June by 14,000 or 1.8
percent, to 808,600.
Jobs were added in education and health services; professional and business
services; trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality;
and other services. Job losses were centered in manufacturing and information.