WPCNR ECONOMISTRY. From the New York State Department of Labor. March 26, 2015:
Job growth was fastest in the Kingston metro area (+1.6 percent) followed by the Orange-Rockland-Westchester metro area (+1.4percent), Sullivan County (+0.6 percent) and the Dutchess-Putnam metro area (+0.4 percent).
For the 12-month period ending in February 2015, private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased by 9,000 or 1.2 percent, to 742,500.
The job picture in the private sector continues to be mixed, with growth recorded in four of the nine sectors.
The four sectors adding jobs were educational and health services (+6,300), professional and business services (+2,000), natural resources, mining and construction (+1,700) and other services (+1,600).
While five sectors lost jobs over-the-year, the losses were all less than 1,000 jobs.
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). Overall, private sector employment growth occurred throughout the region.