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Ulster Leads State in Job Growth

ALBANY – The Ulster County metro area led the state in job growth year over year in June with a 5.4 percent increase.

Private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased 11,700, or 1.6 percent, to 754,100 for the 12 month period ending in June, the state Labor Department reported Thursday.

The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro region saw a 2.1 percent job growth while the Dutchess-Orange metro region lost 0.3 percent.

Sullivan County gained a half-percent in job growth while Columbia County had no growth and Greene County fell by one percent.

Labor department analyst John Nelson is encouraged by the latest statistics.

“When you are looking at the overall job market, the job market is still improving, although it might have slowed down a bit in comparison to the year ago numbers, but certainly I think the job numbers are still generating some positive buzz in this region,” Nelson said.