Over 21,000 new jobs created in Hudson Valley

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ALBANY – A total of 21,300 new private sector jobs were created in May, a 2.8 percent increase over May 20921, bringing the total Hudson Valley job count to 781,700.

The largest gain was in leisure and hospitality with 9,000 new jobs for a growth rate of 11.4 percent.

Sullivan County, with Resorts World and the many other destinations large and small, played a big role in those increased numbers, said Roberta Byron Lockwood, president of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association.

“Growth has been happening and we still are looking for more employees,” she said. “We have had great openings. Everybody is back. We have lots of great new properties opening and the need for hospitality workforce is absolutely on the upswing. People are visiting and we are doing very well,” she said.

Other services grew by 4,400 jobs in May. Professional and business services increased jobs by 4,100; and trade, transportation and utilities rose by 1,700 jobs, manufacturing by 1,500 jobs, information by 500 positions; and construction by 500 jobs.

Losses were greatest in education and health services, losing 600 jobs.

COUNTY/REGION MAY JOB GAINS/LOSSES
Sullivan County +8.4 %
Ulster County +3.9 %
Orange-Rockland-Westchester +2.8 %
Delaware County +2.0 %
Dutchess-Putnam County +1.5 %
Greene County -2.0 %
Columbia County -1.9%