Hudson Valley News
7:44 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Unemployment Up In All Hudson Valley Counties

Unemployment in all Hudson Valley and Catskills counties rose in August when compared to the same month last year.

State Labor Department analyst John Nelson said there continues to be an increase in the number of jobs being filled at the same time.

“What is really happening is that on one side of the equation you are having this positive news in regards to the job market; certainly the job numbers are trending positively so it is really echoing throughout the whole region and giving a sense to job seekers that were looking for work are feeling more optimistic,” he said.

The lowest unemployment rate was in Putnam County, at 7.0, ranking the county as the sixth lowest in the state. Ulster County had the highest rate in the region, at 9.2 percent.

Region-wide, unemployment in August was 7.9 percent, up from 7.1 percent one year earlier.

Rockland County ranked seventh in the state and second lowest in the region at 7.1 percent. Westchester had a 7.6 percent rate of joblessness. Columbia County had a 7.8 percent rate, Dutchess had 8.2 percent, Orange County had 8.7 percent, and Greene and Sullivan counties each had 9.1 percent rates of unemployment.

Hamilton County ranked the lowest in the state at 5.2 percent and Bronx County, with 13.1 percent rate of joblessness, was ranked with the highest of the 62 counties in New York.

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