|ALBANY – Job growth in the Ulster County metropolitan area for the year ending in March grew by almost three percent, the highest of any county in the region.
The State Labor Department Thursday said that 2.9 percent growth is contrasted by the continued weak showing of Sullivan County, which lost 1.1 percent of its jobs.
In the small county category, Columbia and Greene both saw job growth by two percent.
The Dutchess-Orange metro region saw job growth of 1.2 percent, while the Putnam-Rockland-Westchester metro region saw a 0.5 percent increase in jobs.
In the Hudson Valley, private sector employment increased by 5,700 or 0.8 percent.
Employment gains were strongest in professional and business services; followed by trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality; educational and health services, and other services. Job losses continued in natural resources, mining and construction; manufacturing; and financial activities. The government sector shed 2,700 jobs over the year.
Leisure and hospitality grew by 2.8 percent over the period with the significant growth in the northern counties with Ulster up by 15.6 percent and Dutchess-Orange metro was up by 12.2 percent. In the lower counties, the sector was down 2.6 percent.