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 14% from 2000 to 2018.
That compares to a statewide increase of 3%. County government spending per capita for the region was about $2,200 in 2018, compared to $2,500 for the state. From 2000 to 2018, per capita spending increased the most, 22%, in Orange County followed by 20% in Dutchess. Putnam County (8%) was the only county with a decrease in per capita spending from 2000 to 2018. In 2018, Sullivan County had the highest county spending ($4,000), while Putnam had the least ($1,630).
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.
|INDICATORS||TREND | STATE|
|Children Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|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||Not Applicable|
|Population by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Household Types||Not Applicable|
|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||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||Decreasing|
|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|
|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||Not Applicable|