Lo­cal job to­tals in­crease mod­estly

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

The Mid-Hud­son Val­ley and Catskills ex­pe­ri­enced mod­er­ate job growth in the 12-month pe­riod end­ing Sept. 30, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by Thurs­day by the state De­part­ment of La­bor.

Ul­ster County added 1,600 non­farm jobs, a 2.6 per­cent gain, from Septem­ber 2015 to Septem­ber 2016, reach­ing a to­tal of 62,500, the la­bor of­fice said. Non­farm jobs in­clude all pri­vate-sec­tor and govern­ment jobs, ex­clud­ing jobs in agri­cul­ture.

The state-des­ig­nated Dutchess-Put­nam Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion, which in­cludes all of Dutchess and Put­nam coun­ties, added 1,900 non­farm jobs, or 1.3 per­cent, dur­ing the same pe­riod to reach a to­tal 146,300, ac­cord­ing to the la­bor de­part­ment.

Else­where in the re­gion dur­ing the Septem­ber-toSeptem­ber pe­riod:

• Greene County gained just 100 non­farm jobs, or 1.7 per­cent, clos­ing out at 15,000.

• Columbia County lost 100 non­farm jobs, or 0.5 per­cent, to set­tle at 21,700.

• Delaware County non­farm em­ploy­ment was un­changed at 15,400.

• Sul­li­van County gained 300 non­farm jobs, or 1.2 per­cent, to reach 26,300.

• The Or­ange-Rock­landWestch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Divi­sion added 11,100 non­farm jobs, or 1.6 per­cent, to reach 710,700.

In the pri­vate sec­tor alone, Ul­ster County added 1,900 po­si­tions, a 4 per­cent gain, from Septem­ber 2015 to Septem­ber 2016, the state la­bor of­fice said. That was the sec­ond-best per­cent­age gain in the state dur­ing the 12-month span, be­hind the Ithaca area at 7 per­cent.

The Dutchess-Put­nam Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion added 1,800 pri­vate-sec­tor jobs, or 1.5 per­cent, while the Or­ange-Rock­land-Westch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Divi­sion gained 10,600 pri­vate-sec­tor jobs, or 1.8 per­cent.

The state does not pro­vide pri­vate-sec­tor jobs data for ru­ral coun­ties.

The state as a whole had a 1.3 per­cent gain in non­farm em­ploy­ment and a 1.5 per­cent gain in non­farm jobs dur­ing the Septem­ber-to-Septem­ber pe­riod, but it lost jobs in both cat­e­gories from Au­gust to Septem­ber 2016. The non­farm drop for the one-month pe­riod was 1,400; the pri­vate-sec­tor de­cline was 4,400.

The state unem­ploy­ment rate last month was 5 per­cent, up slightly from the 4.8 per­cent rate in Au­gust but even with the rate from a year ear­lier.

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