Watertown-Fort Drum reports 14% decline compared to 2019 in private-sector jobs


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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — The New York Department of Labor is reporting figures from September 2020.

According to the DOL, the New York State Economy added 75,000 private sector jobs in September 2020, leading to a 1.0% growth rate. New York State unemployment also fell from 12.5% to 9.7%.

However, in the North Country, the figures compared to 2019 show declines due to economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

For the Watertown-Fort Drum Metropolitan areas, the following statistic were determined for September 2020.

Total change in Nonfarm jobsChange in Private Sector Jobs
Watertown-Fort Drum-3,700-8.9-4,200-14.0
Change in Total Nonfarm and Private Sector Jobs by Area*
September 2019 – September 2020

Additionally, the DOL released which major industry sector experienced losses compared to 2019.

Sectors with job losses
Leisure and Hospitality-357,100
Trade, Transportation & Utilities-177,500
Professional & Business Services-148,400
Educational & Health Services*-140,100
Other Services-52,700
Financial Activities-35,400
Naturing Resources and Mining-1,000
Change in Jobs by Major Industry Sector
September 2019 – September 2020


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