Em­ploy­ment stag­nant in much of re­gion

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

The Mid-Hud­son re­gion’s met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas ex­pe­ri­enced mod­er­ate job growth dur­ing the 12-month pe­riod end­ing Oct. 31, but the num­bers were less rosy in the area’s ru­ral coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by Thurs­day by the state Depart­ment of La­bor.

The state-des­ig­nated Kingston Metro Area, which is all of Ul­ster County, added 1,000 non­farm jobs from Oc­to­ber 2015 to Oc­to­ber 2016, a gain of 1.6 per­cent, to reach a to­tal of 63,200, the depart­ment said.

The Dutchess-Put­nam Met­ro­pol­i­tan Di­vi­sion, which in­cludes all of those two coun­ties, added 1,800 non-farm jobs, or 1.2 per­cent, to reach an Oc­to­ber 2016 to­tal of 149,100, ac­cord­ing to the la­bor of­fice.

Non­farm jobs in­clude all pri­vate-sec­tor and govern­ment jobs, ex­clud­ing jobs in agri­cul­ture.

Else­where in the re­gion dur­ing the Oc­to­ber-to-Oc­to­ber pe­riod:

• Greene County lost 200 non­farm jobs, a drop of 1.3 per­cent, to close out at 14,800.

• Columbia County’s non­farm job to­tal was un­changed at 22,000.

• Delaware County’s non­farm job to­tal also was un­changed, at 15,600.

• Sul­li­van County gained 300 non­farm jobs, or 1.2 per­cent, to reach 26,100.

• The Orange-Rock­landWestch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Di­vi­sion added 7,400 non­farm jobs, or 1 per­cent, to reach 716,500.

In the pri­vate sec­tor alone, Ul­ster County added 1,200 po­si­tions, a 2.5 per­cent gain, from Oc­to­ber 2015 to Oc­to­ber 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 3.8 per­cent.

The Dutchess-Put­nam Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion added 1,700 pri­vate-sec­tor jobs, or 1.4 per­cent, while the Orange-Rock­land-Westch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Di­vi­sion gained 7,100 pri­vate-sec­tor jobs, or 1.2 per­cent.

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

The state as a whole had a 1 per­cent gain in non­farm em­ploy­ment and a 1.1 per­cent gain in pri­vate-sec­tor jobs dur­ing the Oc­to­ber-toOc­to­ber, but it lost jobs in both cat­e­gories from Septem­berto Oc­to­ber 2016. The non­farm jobs drop for the one-month pe­riod was 6,400; the pri­vate-sec­tor de­cline was 4,000.

The statewide un­em­ploy­ment rate last month was 5.2 per­cent, up slightly from the 5 per­cent rate in Septem­ber and 4.9 per­cent rate in Oc­to­ber 2015.

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