A vibrant economy is the foundation of a thriving community. In all cases, comparisons to state statistics reflect the state excluding New York City.
Regional job growth has been strong through the decade overall, despite job losses in 2010.
Between 2001 and 2017, total jobs in the region increased 13%, below the nation (18%) but above the state (10%). Between 2016 and 2017, jobs increased 1.4% in the region and 0.9% in the state, compared to a 1.4% increase for the nation. Sullivan County led the region with a 1.8% increase in jobs in 2017 followed by 1.7% in Dutchess and 1.6% in Putnam. Columbia County had the least growth with 0.4%.
Some of the largest employment sectors in the region added a significant number of jobs between 2001 and 2017.
Industries with the largest gains were Financial Activities (42%), Leisure and Hospitality (34%), Professional and Business Services (33%), and Health Care and Social Assistance (34%), while Government lost jobs (3%). Putnam and Orange counties had the largest total gains at 26% and 22% respectively. Dutchess and Ulster counties had the lowest gains at 7%.
Spending by county government, after adjusting for inflation, grew 14% from 2000 to 2017.
That compares to a statewide increase of 3%. County government spending per capita for the region was about $2,200 in 2017, compared to $2,400 for the state. From 2000 to 2017, per capita spending increased the most, 25%, in Orange County followed by 24% in Sullivan. Putnam County (8%) was the only county with a decrease in per capita spending from 2000 to 2017. In 2017, Sullivan County had the highest county spending ($4.130), while Putnam had the least ($1,590).
Tourism revenue increased 41% in the region since 2005.
Tourism brought about $2,900 per capita into the region in 2018 and was strongest in Sullivan and Greene counties on a per-capita basis. Adjusted for inflation, tourism revenue per capita declined after the Great Recession in 2008 but has slowly rebounded.
|INDICATORS||TREND | STATE|
|Children Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity||Decreasing|
|Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity||Decreasing|
|Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect||Increasing|
|Rate of Foster Care Admissions||Maintaining|
|Live Births to Teen Mothers||Decreasing|
|Juvenile Delinquency Intakes||Decreasing|
|Bullying at School||Decreasing|
|Average Charitable Giving||Increasing|
|Voter Registration Rate||Increasing|
|Voter Participation Rate||Decreasing|
|Population by Age||Decreasing|
|Population by Race/Ethnicity||Increasing|
|Change in Total Jobs||Increasing|
|Employment by Sector||Not Applicable|
|Spending for County Government||Increasing|
|Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services||Increasing|
|Students Receiving Special Education Services||Increasing|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group||Increasing|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity||Increasing|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group||Increasing|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity||Increasing|
|High School Cohort Graduation Rate||Increasing|
|High School Cohort Dropout Rate||Decreasing|
|High School GED Rate||Decreasing|
|Plans of High School Graduates||Increasing|
|Education Levels of Adults||Increasing|
|Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity||Increasing|
|Median Household Income||Decreasing|
|Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity||Decreasing|
|People Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity||Increasing|
|Seniors Living in Poverty||Decreasing|
|Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care||Maintaining|
|Veterans Living in Poverty||Maintaining|
|Economically Disadvantaged Students||Increasing|
|Earned Income Tax Credit Participation||Maintaining|
|Living Wage Rate by Household Type||Increasing|
|Income in Relation to Poverty Level||Maintaining|
|People Without Health Insurance||Decreasing|
|Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Deaths from Drug Overdoses||Increasing|
|Babies with Low Birth Weights||Maintaining|
|People Living wth HIV||Decreasing|
|Mental Health Clinic Visits||Decreasing|
|Housing Affordability for Homeowners||Maintaining|
|Housing Affordability for Renters||Increasing|