Unemployment continues decline in region

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ALBANY – The rate of unemployment dropped in the 12 months ended in May in all counties in the Hudson Valley/Catskills region, the state labor department reported on Tuesday.

The lowest rate in the region was in Columbia County, at 2.8 percent, down from 3.0 percent one year ago. Columbia County also scored the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Dutchess and Rockland counties each had 3.2 percent unemployment in May; both counties were down from 3.4 percent 12 months ago.

Ulster and Putnam counties each had 3.3 percent joblessness; Putnam was down from 3.4 percent while Ulster dropped from 3.5 percent.

Sullivan and Westchester counties each scored 3.4 percent joblessness in May; Sullivan was down from 3.7 percent and Westchester was down from 3.6 percent.

Orange County had 3.5 percent unemployment, a drop from 3.7 percent and Greene County fell from 4.1 percent in May 2018 to 4.0 percent this past May.

The May unemployment rate in the Hudson Valley was 3.3 percent. That is up from 3.2 percent in April and down from 3.6 percent in May 2018.

In May 2019, there were 38,300 unemployed in the region, up from 36,400 in April 2019 and down from 40,600 in May 2018.

Year-over-year in May 2019, the labor force increased by 3,600 or 0.3 percent, to 1,145,400.

The Hudson Valley’s unemployment rate of 3.3 percent is tied with that of the Capital Region for the second lowest rate among the 10 labor market regions in the state, trailing only Long Island at 3.2 percent.