Unemployment expected to skyrocket in March, April

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ALBANY – The latest unemployment figures for the Hudson Valley/Catskills show stability when comparing the 12-month period ending in February.  That will not be the case going forward, at least for the foreseeable future as thousands of people are being laid off because of COVID-19.

State officials said the office to call to sign up for unemployment benefits received 1.2 million calls on Monday alone. Last week, it received 7 million calls.

The website to register for benefits has received so much traffic that it continues to crash, Governor Cuomo said. IT people are working on resolving that issue.

County unemployment rates for February 2019 and 2020 are listed here.


COUNTY February 2020 January 2019 February 2019
Columbia 3.8 3.8 4.8
Dutchess 3.9 4.0 4.0
Greene 5.0 5.1 5.2
Orange 4.1 4.1 4.1
Putnam 4.0 4.0 4.0
Rockland 3.7 3.7 3.8
Sullivan 4.6 4.7 4.7
Ulster 4.1 4.2 4.3
Westchester 3.9 4.0 4.1