Sullivan County continues to top regional job growth

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ALBANY – Private sector jobs in the Hudson Valley/Catskills continued their growth in the 12 months ended in May, the state labor department reported on Thursday.

With a 9.0 percent increase in jobs, Sullivan outdistanced its closest county, Ulster, which produced 2.4 percent more jobs.

The Dutchess-Putnam Metropolitan Division saw a 2.3 percent increase while Greene County saw 2.0 percent growth.

Columbia County had 1.2 percent job growth with the Orange-Rockland-Westchester region dropped slightly, by 0.1 percent.

Region-wide in the 12 months ending in May, private sector jobs increased by 5,200, or 0.6 percent, to 816,800.

This was the region’s highest May employment count on record, the labor department said.

Gains were largest in educational and health services (+4,600); leisure and hospitality (+1,800); professional and business services (+1,200); financial activities (+1,100); other services (+1,000); and natural resources, mining and construction (+800). Losses were mostly in trade, transportation and utilities (-4,600) and information (-600).


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