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 increased in 2021, recovering from pandemic lows .
The region’s total number of jobs increased 3% in 2021 as it recovered from job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the same rate of increase as the state and nation. All of the region’s counties experienced increases in total jobs from 2020 to 2021. Orange had the highest increase at 4.1%, followed by Sullivan at 4% and Putnam at 3.5%.
Some of the largest employment sectors in the region added and lost a significant number of jobs between 2001 and 2021.
Industries with the largest gains were Financial Activities (64%) and Educational Services (38%), while the Information and Manufacturing sectors experienced decreases of 35% and 34%, respectively. Orange and Putnam counties had the largest total gains at 25% and 24%, respectively while Dutchess and Ulster counties experienced 5% and 4% decreases, respectively.
Spending by county government, after adjusting for inflation, grew 69% from 2000 to 2021.
County government spending per capita for the region was about $2,100 in 2021. From 2000 to 2021, per capita spending increased the most, 92%, in Greene County, followed by 87% in Dutchess. In 2020, Sullivan County had the highest county spending ($2,900), while Putnam had the least ($3,500).
Tourism revenue increased 40% in the region since 2005.
Tourism revenue rebounded from the COVID pandemic, increasing 54% from 2020 to 2021. Per-resident revenue was highest in Sullivan ($8,900) and Greene ($4,900) counties on a per-capita basis. Adjusted for inflation, tourism revenue per capita declined after the Great Recession in 2008, rebounded from 2010 to 2019, declined in 2020, and recovered to its pre-pandemic levels in 2021.
|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||Decreasing|
|Rate of Foster Care Admissions||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||Increasing|
|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 Economic Background||Not Applicable|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Economic Background||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||Maintaining|
|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|
|Veterans Living in Poverty||Decreasing|
|Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care||Decreasing|
|Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch||Increasing|
|Earned Income Tax Credit Participation||Decreasing|
|People Without Health Insurance||Decreasing|
|Deaths from Drug Overdoses||Increasing|
|Living Wage Rate by Household Type||Not Applicable|
|Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Income in Relation to Poverty Level||Not Applicable|
|Babies with Low Birth Weights||Increasing|
|People Living wth HIV||Increasing|
|Mental Health Clinic Visits||Decreasing|
|Cost of Homeownership||Maintaining|
|Cost of Renting||Not Applicable|