2022 ended with unemployment rates locally below 3 percent.

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — The job market continued to be hot in the lower and mid-Hudson Valley in 2022, according to recent data from the New York State Department of Labor.

In the metro regions, there was little difference between Dutchess-Putnam, Kingston and Orange-Rockland-Westchester, where unemployment in 2022 was 2.5 percent, 2.6 percent and 2.5 percent respectively.

New York State’s job growth outpaced the country as a whole. Private sector jobs (not seasonally adjusted) increased by 271,800, or 3.4 percent, over the year in December 2022, which exceeded the 3.2 percent increase in the number of private sector jobs across the U.S.

It’s part of a trend. Nationally, unemployment has gone from record highs during the COVID-19 pandemic to near record lows, according to WalletHub. In fact, there are more job openings than there are unemployed Americans.

“Unemployment is really no longer an issue since the country has…

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