Change in Total Jobs
What does this measure?
The growth or decline in total jobs, shown as a percentage gain or loss from the previous year.
Why is this important?
Job growth is a key indicator of economic health and vitality and reveals whether and by how much an economy is expanding.
How is Dutchess County performing?
Total jobs decreased by 0.5% in Dutchess County from 2013 to 2014; this is compared to an increase in the other Mid-Hudson Valley counties (Ulster at 1.9% and Orange at 2.5%) as well as in the state (excluding NYC) (0.9%) and the nation (1.9%). Dutchess has struggled relative to the other counties in the Mid-Hudson Valley; this was the fifth year of decline since 2008.
Notes about the data
County employment is reported by place of work, not place of residence. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.