Each month, the Department of Labor (DOL) releases labor market information for NYS and the local regions. Here you will find the most up-to-date labor market information for the Hudson Valley, and more specifically, Rockland County.
In December 2020, New York State’s unemployment rate decreased from 8.4% to 8.2%. The comparable rate for the U.S. was 6.7% in December 2020.
Hudson Valley Region:
The December 2020 unemployment rate for the Orange-Rockland-Westchester Region is 5.9 percent. That is up from 5.6% November 2020 and 3.8 percent in December 2019. From November 2020 to December 2020, NYS lost nearly 60,000 jobs in both the private and government sector.
In December 2020, the region as a whole saw an increase in unemployment rates with Sullivan County recording the highest unemployment rate (6.2 percent) within the region.
- Putnam County 5.0 percent
- Ulster County 5.4 percent
- Dutchess County 5.4 percent
- Rockland County 5.5 percent
- Orange County 5.9 percent
- Westchester County 6.0 percent
- Sullivan County 6.2 percent
Rockland County Unemployment Rates:
Since Spring of 2020, there has been a steady decline in the unemployment rate in our region. For the first time in months, we have seen a small spike in the unemployment rate. Additionally, we are seeing a loss in job growth for private and government sectors.
As expected, Leisure and Hospitality has seen the greatest loss with over 355,000 jobs from December 2019 to December 2020.