March 14 2019
Economic Analysis, General, Regional/County Profiles

Capital Region Opportunity Zone Highlights

Even before New York State designated 20 Capital Census Tracts as Opportunity Zones in 2018, half of them had growing populations and four in five had increasing ranks of employed residents. The federal Opportunity Zones community development program is now promising to build on that momentum and is already attracting millions of dollars in private

October 11 2018
Economic Analysis, Manufacturing, Regional/County Profiles

Growth in the Capital Region’s Mining Industry

The Capital Region’s mining industry has become the area’s fastest-growing sector and the largest of its kind in the state in terms of jobs. Mining Jobs Averaging 959 employees in 2017, the eight-county region’s mining sector has grown by 40.6 percent over the past five years. During that time, employment in the region’s sector surpassed

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

May 16 2018
General, Regional/County Profiles

How Should the Capital Region Be Defined?

What is the Capital Region? The answer largely depends on who is asking and why. Are its boundaries being drawn to serve the purpose of a commercial market, community planning, tourism, standardized statistical reporting or economic development? With so many regional definitions circulating, it is easy to confuse them and the purposes they serve. Adding

April 17 2018
Economic Analysis, Regional/County Profiles

Capital Region Population Growth Regains Momentum

The Capital Region was New York’s second fastest-growing region in 2017, with its population increasing over the year by 2,795, or 0.3 percent. This represented a return to more robust growth following three years of marginal gains. Over the past five years, the region’s population has grown by 0.4 percent, the third fastest rate in

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