Unemployment continued its rise in June

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ALBANY – The June 2020 unemployment rate in the Hudson Valley Region was 12.2 percent, up from 11.1 percent in May and up from 3.6 percent in June 2019, the state labor department reported on Tuesday.

In June, there were 138,900 unemployed in the region, up from 125,200 in May and up from 41,700 in June 2019. Year-over-year in June 2020, labor force decreased by 14,400 or 1.2 percent, to 1,139,400.

Columbia County had the lowest rate in June at 8.8 percent. Putnam County had a 11.2 percent rate, followed by 11.3 percent in Ulster County, 11.5 percent in Greene and Dutchess counties; 12.1 percent in Rockland County, 12.2 percent in

Sullivan County, 12.5 percent in Westchester County, and 12.7 percent in Orange County.

The region’s June 2020 unemployment rate of 12.2 percent is the highest June level in the history of the current series dating back to 1990.

COUNTYJUNE 2020MAY 2020JUNE 2019
Columbia8.8 %8.0 %3.1 %
Dutchess11.5 %10.6 %3.6 %
Greene11.5 %10.9 %4.1 %
Orange12.7 %11.9 %3.7 %
Putnam11.2 %10.5 %3.5 %
Rockland12.1 %11.1 %3.4 %
Sullivan12.2 %10.8 %3.6 %
Ulster11.3 %10.8 %3.7 %
Westchester12.5 %11.1 %3.7 %