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 2019, total jobs in the region increased 17%, below the nation (23%) but above the state (12%). Between 2018 and 2019, jobs increased 1.4% in the region and 0.9% in the state, compared to a 1.8% increase for the nation. Sullivan County led the region with a 3.0% increase in jobs in 2019 followed by 2% in Orange and 1.7% in Putnam. While Greene County had a 0.8% decline.

Some of the largest employment sectors in the region added a significant number of jobs between 2001 and 2019.
Industries with the largest gains were Financial Activities (48%), Leisure and Hospitality (44%), Professional and Business Services (41%), and Health Care and Social Assistance (36%), while Government lost jobs (2%). Putnam and Orange counties had the largest total gains at 27% each.  Dutchess and Ulster counties had the lowest gains both at 9%. 

Spending by county government, after adjusting for inflation, grew 15% from 2000 to 2019.
That compares to a statewide increase of 5%. County government spending per capita for the region was about $2,300 in 2019, compared to $2,600 for the state. From 2000 to 2019, per capita spending increased the most, 26%, in Dutchess County followed by 21% in Orange. Putnam County (6%) was the only county with a decrease in per capita spending from 2000 to 2019.  In 2019, Sullivan County had the highest county spending ($3,900), while Putnam had the least ($1,680). 

Tourism revenue increased 45% in the region since 2005. 
Tourism brought about $3,000 per capita into the region in 2019 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.

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
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
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing