2009-04-01 / Front Page
Putnam Hit by 'Widespread' Job Losses
Unemployment Rate Reaches 6.8 Percent
Putnam's rate of unemployment has risen to 6.8 percent, the highest in more than two decades. The New York State Labor Department reported the February statistics last Thursday, which came as no surprise to Putnam lawmakers. Legislator Dan Birmingham who chairs the legislature's Economic Development Committee, called job losses "fairly widespread.