Private sector jobs up in April

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ALBANY – Private sector jobs in the Hudson Valley rose by 20,200 or 2.7 percent, to 772,500 over the year in April, the State Labor Department reported Thursday.

Employment gains were largest in leisure and hospitality (+9,100); other services (+4,000); professional and business services (+3,300); trade, transportation and utilities (+2,400); manufacturing (+1,400); and information (+700).

Job losses were greatest in education and health services (-600).

While job growth continued trending upward, the pace has slowed down. Through the first three months of 2022, the region’s private employment sector averaged a year-over-year growth rate of 3.9 percent, compared to the 2.7 percent recorded in April.

Sullivan County topped job growth with a 7.1 percent increase. Ulster County followed with 4.7 percent growth.

Delaware County ranked third with 4.0 percent job growth, followed by the Orange-Rockland-Westchester Metro Area at 2.7 percent; and the Dutchess-Putnam Metropolitan Division at 1.1 percent growth.

Columbia County was flat and Greene County jobs fell by 4.1 percent.