EDUCATION LEADS IN JOB GROWTH OVER LAST YEAR. HOSPITALITY SECOND. CONSTRUCTION SLOW

WPCNR WORKFORCE BLOCKS. From the NYS Department of Labor. August 23, 2015:
For the 12-month period ending in July 2015, private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased by 10,500 or 1.4 percent, to 780,300.  Five of nine private industry sectors gained jobs in July compared to a year ago.
Jobs were added in educational and health services (+7,200), leisure and hospitality (+4,300), other services (+2,000), trade, transportation and utilities (+500), and construction (+200).
Job losses were centered in financial activities (-1,700), manufacturing (-1,500), information (-300), and professional and business services (-200).  The government sector shed 1,000 jobs over the period.
Educational and health services remains the region’s leading job generator.  The sector grew by 3.9 percent over the period – its strongest July year-over-year growth in 17 years.
Meanwhile, the region’s leisure and hospitality industry has continued performing admirably, especially in the Orange-Rockland-Westchester labor market area, where the sector grew by 6.2 percent- its fastest July year-to-year growth on record.
Labor force data for July 2015 will be released on Tuesday, August 25.

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