The growth or decline in total jobs, shown as a percentage gain or loss from the previous year.
Job growth is a key indicator of economic health and vitality and reveals whether and by how much an economy is expanding.
Total jobs declined by 0.8% in Dutchess County from 2009 to 2010, slightly worse than the declines of 0.2% in the state (excluding NYC) and 0.3% in the nation. Dutchess had stronger growth than the state or nation through 2005 but then began to fall behind. In 2010, Dutchess had the largest decline while Ulster fell 0.3% and Orange gained 0.4%.
County employment is reported by place of work, not place of residence. Compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, this data series includes employment in farming and among sole proprietors. As a consequence, these totals are larger than those estimated monthly by the NYS Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.