2009-04-23 / Front Page
Jobless Rate Hits 20-Year High
But Putnam fares better than rest of New York
Putnam's rate of unemployment is 6.7 percent, the highest in more than two decades. The New York State Labor Department reported the March statistics last week, which came as no surprise to Putnam lawmakers. Legislator Dan Birmingham who chairs the legislature's Economic Development Committee, called job losses "fairly widespread.