Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Fri November 16, 2012

New jobs tick up in Hudson Valley

The New York State Labor Department says number of new jobs created in the Hudson Valley during the 12-month period ending in October rose by 9,400, or 1.3 percent. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.

The largest job grow was seen in the Ulster County metropolitan statistical area with a 2.6 percent increase. Of the 14 SMAs in New York, Ulster ranked third in job growth behind New York City and the Ithaca area.

The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro area had 1.7 percent growth and the Dutchess-Orange SMA ranked 10th with no job growth.

In the smaller county areas, Greene County jobs rose by one percent, Sullivan gained 0.7 percent and Columbia County broke even with no growth.

Labor Department Analyst John Nelson said the region has “continued to trend positively” with strong growth in trade, transportation and utilities, which gained 4,500 jobs. Information jobs fell by 600 and the government sector shed 1,700 jobs over the year.