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.

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
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 Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
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 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
Domestic Violence Increasing
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 Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing