LABOR DEPT: Jobs Increased 1.4% in a year in Hudson Valley. Lags behind State(2%) Nation (2.8%)

WPCNR 9 TO 5. From the NYS Department of Labor. (Edited) March 5, 2015:
For the 12-month period ending in January 2015, private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased by 10,400, or 1.4 percent, to 742,200. Westchester-Rockland and Orange Counties increased 1.5%
Although the regional job market continues to expand, private sector job growth in the Hudson Valley lags that of the state (+2.0 percent) and the nation (+2.8 percent).
The job picture in the private sector continues to be mixed, with growth recorded in five of the nine sectors.
Aided by a strong health component, educational and health services (+5,300) remains the region’s leading job generator.
Other job gainers included:  natural resources, mining and construction (+2,700), which despite inclement weather conditions, posted the best year-to-year gain for any January since 2007; other services (+2,100); professional and business services (+2,100); trade, transportation and utilities (+1,400). 
Meanwhile, job losses were largest in leisure and hospitality (-1,200), information (-800), and manufacturing (-800).
Overall, private sector employment growth occurred throughout the region.  Job growth was fastest in the Kingston metro area (+1.8 percent); the Orange-Rockland-Westchester metro area (+1.5 percent); the Dutchess-Putnam metro area (+0.8 percent); and Sullivan County (+0.6 percent).

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