ALBANY – Sullivan County, with a 7.9 percent growth rate of new jobs year over year in December, topped the Hudson Valley/Catskills. Coming in second, with 3.5 percent growth, was the Orange-Rockland-Westchester Metro Area.
Ulster County followed with 3.5 percent growth with the Dutchess-Putnam Metropolitan Division recording only 0.1 percent growth.
Columbia County lost jobs to the tune of 0.6 percent, with Greene County falling behind with a 0.9 percent loss and Delaware County losing 8.1 percent of its jobs.
Growth was centered in educational and health services (+10,400); leisure and hospitality (+6,300); natural resources, mining and construction (+3,700); professional and business services (+3,600) and other services (+2,500).
Losses were greatest in trade, transportation and utilities (1,600), financial activities (-800), manufacturing (-400) and information (-300).