Unemployment rates in the Hudson Valley and the United States have dropped from September 2017 to September 2018.

According to Patch, unemployment has hit its lowest in the U.S. since 1969. Within the Hudson Valley, the rate dropped a full percentage from September 2017 to September 2018. The U.S. average unemployment rate in each state is 3.7%, and our region's unemployment rate is currently lower than the nation's average.

Dutchess County, Ulster County, and Putnam County were the three Hudson Valley counties with the lowest unemployment rate in the region, at 3.4%. Rockland County was close behind with a 3.5% unemployment rate. Orange County and Westchester County both had an Unemployment rate of 3.6%.

Dutchess, Ulster, and Putnam Counties all saw a full percentage drop from September 2017 to September 2018, from 4.4% to 3.4%. Orange and Westchester Counties also had a full percentage drop, going from 4.6% to 3.6%. Rockland County had over a full percentage drop, going from 4.6% to 3.5%.

The county in New York State with the lowest unemployment isn't far from the Hudson Valley either. Columbia County had an unemployment rate of 2.8% for September 2018.