A vibrant economy is the foundation of a thriving community.
In this section, we highlight trends for 4 indicators: 1) job growth or loss; 2) major employment sectors; 3) spending by county government; and 4) tourism revenue.
In all cases, comparisons to state statistics reflect the state excluding New York City.
Despite a small decline in jobs in 2009, job growth in Orange County has been strong through the decade. Most major employment sectors have experienced job growth, with the strongest growth in health care and social services, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality. County government spending was the highest in the region and slightly above the average spending by county governments for the state. Tourism revenues were the lowest in the region.
Recent job growth in Orange County has surpassed the region, the state and the nation.
Between 2000 and 2015, jobs in the county increased 19%, compared with growth of 15% for the nation and 8% for the state. Orange led the region with a 2.3% increase in jobs from 2014 to 2015. Orange performed above the region (1.8%) and the nation (2.2%).
Of the largest employment sectors in the county, all added more jobs between 2001 and 2015.
The fastest growing sectors in the county experiencing job growth between 2001 and 2015 were Health Care and Social Assistance (43%), Professional and Business Services (45%), and Financial Activities (38%).
Spending by county government in Orange grew at the fastest rate in the region.
County government spending per capita in Orange was $2,200 in 2015, comparable to $2,150 in the state. Spending increased at a faster rate in the county than the state, rising 24% since 2000 compared to 9% statewide. In 2015, Orange had higher spending than Ulster ($1,840) and Dutchess ($1,570).
Tourism revenue has consistently been the lowest in the region throughout the last decade.
Revenue from tourism was lower in Orange County: $1,200 per resident in 2015, compared to $1,930 in the state, $2,960 in Ulster and $1,790 in Dutchess. Tourism spending in the county has decreased 3% since 2005, on par with the decline in Dutchess.