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. 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). Job losses were largest in leisure and hospitality (-1,200), information (-800), and manufacturing (-800).
Although the regional job market continues to expand, private sector job growth in the Hudson Valley still lags that of the state (+2.0 percent) and the nation (+2.8 percent). 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).
Special Interest to the Hudson Valley Region:
For more information, please contact:
NYS Department of Labor
120 Bloomingdale Rd., Room 218
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: (914) 997-8798
Fax: (914) 997-4107
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