Labor market favors those seeking employment in the Lower Hudson Valley

Westchester and Rockland counties experienced a job growth rate of 4.5% from July 2021 to July 2022.

Putnam County saw a smaller increase of 1.8%.

But the three counties, along with the rest of Southeast New York, continue to be seen as a market for job seekers, despite a slight increase in unemployment between June and July.

Unemployment rates, which soared during the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, have now mostly returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Over the past year, from July 2021 to July 2022, the leisure and hospitality industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic shutdown, gained 8,800 jobs in the region, followed by 8 200 jobs in business and professional services, then 6,000 new jobs in education and health services, according to the state Department of Labor.

Efforts continue to bring job seekers to jobs, although some people continue to be reluctant to return to a work environment.

The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board recently announced the formation of its new Career Center team, which will focus on helping job seekers and employers connect more effectively. The group consists of a similar previous team, with employment counselors now added to the set.

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