Another look southward

Employment in New York City, as is well known, continues to grow like gangbusters. New York City now hosts about 150,000 more jobs than it did before the Great Recession, and the number of jobs there has grown about 250,000 in the past four years. For the amusement of the statistically minded in Ulster County, the average number of new jobs within the big city each of the past four years has been equal to that of the entire Ulster County labor force.

Has the cornucopia of city jobs spread to the areas contiguous to it? The listing of New York counties by 2010 per-capita income provides one answer: Westchester, with a per-capita income of $47,814, ranked second in the state behind Manhattan’s $59,149. Nassau was third in the state and Suffolk fifth. Putnam was fourth and Rockland sixth. Further upstate, the 2010 census ranked Dutchess ninth and Orange fifteenth. Ulster County was ranked thirteenth to $28,954.

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