Greene County rates high in job growth
Jim Planck writes in The Daily Mail the New York state Department of Labor is reporting that job growth in Greene County was one of the strongest statewide during the past year. Greene County Community Development Specialist Karl Heck said Fri., Mar. 25, the county created 400 new jobs between February 2015 and February 2016, a 2.7 percent increase. Heck said that of the county’s 400 new jobs, 300 were in the private sector and 100 were in government. Among the new private sector jobs, 200 were tourism-related, in the leisure/hospitality industry, and 100 were in trade. Greene County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Friedman said Monday the news is a good indicator of how strong the county's economic growth has been. Friedman said, “Over the past couple of years, we’ve been either leading — or one of the leaders — in job growth percentage, especially in the upstate counties, in many instances for the entire state, and we also outdid most of the metro areas, as well.” Friedman said during the past year the state has actually lost nearly 10,000 jobs, while Greene and Columbia counties combined created 800 new jobs. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.