September 10 2018
Employment/Workforce

Employment in Downtown Albany at 8-Year High

Business activity in Albany’s greater downtown area continues to rebound, with the number of people working there climbing to an eight-year high, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s ZIP Code Business Statistics. As of 2016, the 12207 ZIP code, which loosely covers the city’s downtown

September 10 2018
Employment/Workforce

Inclusive Labor Force Growth in the Capital Region

With the Capital Region’s unemployment rate dipping below 4 percent this spring and summer, the region’s five-year economic development plan, Capital 20.20, is looking more prescient in its emphasis on reaching out to hard-to-reach populations.   Hard-to-Reach Populations For the region’s economy to continue to grow, it is imperative for the region’s educational, industry and

August 8 2018
Economic Analysis, Employment/Workforce

Capital Region Economic Stability

Last May, the Capital Region’s unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent, ending its third longest steak above that level since 1990 (23 months). Often referred to as a threshold, either psychological or arbitrary, the sub-4 percent rate signals economic strength. However, issues remain about sustainability. Although the region has taken few trips below this threshold

August 8 2018
Economic Analysis, Employment/Workforce, Manufacturing, Regional/County Profiles

The Capital Region’s 2017 Economic Performance

The Capital Region’s annual job growth was on par with its 10 peer economic regions in 2017. Although the peer regions had lower unemployment rates than the Capital Region, they are also dealing with more austere labor force shortages and greater wage inflation, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of data from

July 18 2018
Education/Training, Employment/Workforce

Capital Region STEM Degree Awards up 10% in 2017

The talent pipeline for the Capital Region’s technology sector continued to expand in 2017, with traditional colleges and universities throughout the eight counties seeing a 10.3 percent year-over-year increase in STEM degrees awarded, according to a Center for Economic Growth Analysis of new data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Database System (IPEDS). Not including health-related

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