"Over 86,200 of our neighbors in the Hudson Valley who are out of work and are struggling to buy groceries and gas know that, contrary to what thePresident said last week, the private sector is not doing fine. New York State and Orange County haven't seen jobless rates this high since 1977 and 1990. We can and must do better.
"That's why, throughout the past year and a half, I've worked with my Republican and Democratic colleagues in the House to pass dozens of pro-jobs measures, including a federal budget -- something the Senate has still failed to do -- that would rein in out-of-control federal spending, remove red tape that's tying up our businesses and holding back hiring, and put more money in yourpockets by lowering your taxes, The House has taken action.It's time for President Obama and the Senate to do the same."
New York State's unemployment rate increased from 7.8% to 8.6% between May 2011 and May 2012. This is the state's highest jobless rate since 1977.
The situation in the Hudson Valley is similarly sobering. The jobless rate increased across the Hudson Valley from 6.9% to 7.6% in the past year. In Orange County, the hardest hit in the 19th Congressional District, the unemployment rate increased from 7.5% in May 2011 to 8.3% in May 2012, the highest seen since May 1990. The jobless rates increased .7% in Westchester County, .9% in Rockland County, .9% in Dutchess County and .3% in Putnam County.
These numbers do not include the discouraged jobless who have stopped looking for work.