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Jobs Returning To The Hudson Valley

New job numbers released by the New York State Labor Department are fueling some optimism - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports...

The figures show private-sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased by 16-thousand 500, or 2.2 percent, to 761-thousand-900 during the 12-month period ending July 2012.

The Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro area experienced the greatest job growth at 3.1 percent. That area ranked third of the 14 New York state metro areas rated by the state Department of Labor.

John Nelson is the NYS Dept. of Labor market Analyst for the Hudson Valley Region

Dan Moran of Career-management firm NextAct of Colonie weighs in

John Nelson explains that "leisure and hospitality" led employment gains in the Hudson Valley

NextAct's Dan Moran says this is a promising time for job seekers

Despite the good news, The Labor Department's John Nelson says job counts effectively "flatlined" in some counties

Nelson adds the Dutchess-Orange metro area showed just point-2 percent job growth, and the Hudson Valley government sector shed 3,300 jobs over the year, "budget cuts and crises at local levels to blame" --- other job losses were seen in natural resources, mining and construction (down 2900); manufacturing (down 1100); and information (down 700).


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.