Putnam-Rockland-Westchester Jobs Grow 1% per cent in Year Painfully Slow.

WPCNR DAILY BREAD. From the New York State Department of Labor. December 19, 2013:

Overall regional job growth is centered in the lower Hudson Valley– Putnam-Rockland-Westchester labor market area. This lower Hudson Valley area is the driving force behind the overall job gains reported regionally.

The three county  job count grew 0.9 percent or 4,400 jobs over the period. Growth in that area is mostly attributed to a strong educational and health services sector, which grew by 1.6 percent or 2,000 jobs, with about 80 percent of the growth centered in the health care and social assistance component.

For the 12-month period ending in November 2013, private sector employment in the entire Hudson Valley Region increased by 0.2 percent or 1,500 jobs.
Employment gains were recorded in the following industries: trade, transportation and utilities (+2,200), natural resources, mining and construction (+1,100), and other services (+900).
Meanwhile, job losses were most apparent in manufacturing (-1,700), followed by information (-600), and professional and business services (-300). The government sector shed 3,100 jobs over the year.
In November 2013, the regional job market continued to expand, although the pace of private sector job growth has slowed down considerably. Nonetheless, growth in trade, transportation and utilities (1.2 percent), natural resources, mining and construction (2.7 percent), and other services (2.2 percent) have continued.

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