Economic Security
Change in Total Jobs

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Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

What does this measure?

The growth or decline in total jobs, shown as a percentage gain or loss from the previous year.

Why is this important?

Job growth is a key indicator of economic health and vitality and reveals whether and by how much an economy is expanding. In addition to the number of jobs, the quality of jobs should be considered - this is reflected in measures of average salary.

How is Westchester County performing?

Total jobs decreased by 9.2% in Westchester County from 2019 to 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing shutdowns. This was slightly more than the state decrease of 9.1%, and significantly more than the national decrease of 5.4%. The number of jobs dropped in all comparison counties between 2019 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Westchester had the second largest decrease in jobs behind Nassau with a 9.4% decrease. Both Rockland and Putnam counties had smaller decreases at 8.0% and 7.6% respectively.

Prior to the pandemic, Westchester's annual change in total jobs had lagged the state and the nation since 2012.

Notes about the data

County employment is reported by place of work, not place of residence.

Annual Change in Total Jobs
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Westchester CountyN/A0.5%0.4%2.1%1.0%1.1%3.1%0.9%-2.4%-0.3%2.6%0.5%0.8%1.7%1.8%0.9%0.2%1.7%0.1%-9.2%
Nassau CountyN/A0.6%0.6%1.4%0.6%1.6%2.1%1.3%-1.8%-0.2%2.7%0.6%1.8%1.6%1.7%1.3%0.8%1.9%-0.2%-9.4%
Putnam CountyN/A2.3%3.5%4.4%2.7%2.8%3.0%-0.2%-1.7%-0.7%0.6%-0.5%1.3%2.0%1.7%1.0%1.0%-0.6%-0.0%-7.6%
Rockland CountyN/A1.6%1.2%1.6%1.0%1.5%3.2%2.1%-2.5%-0.2%3.6%1.1%1.5%1.0%2.0%1.9%1.1%2.5%1.7%-8.0%
New York StateN/A-0.9%0.3%1.3%1.3%1.5%2.5%1.0%-1.9%0.2%2.6%1.2%1.6%2.1%2.0%1.3%1.1%2.1%0.7%-9.1%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: Rate is percentage change from previous year




Total Jobs
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Westchester County537,285540,010542,234553,429559,012565,054582,796588,329573,972572,419587,319590,166595,050605,383616,101621,421622,875633,335634,252575,726
Nassau County766,815771,375776,336786,850791,278803,726820,233831,294816,680815,280836,909841,720856,524870,361885,361896,917903,762921,262919,880833,867
Putnam County33,47934,23535,44436,99537,97939,05240,24240,16239,46139,16839,41439,21539,72440,50841,20141,61942,03641,79741,79038,624
Rockland County138,943141,202142,890145,230146,704148,968153,769157,028153,078152,836158,286160,009162,467164,056167,277170,439172,250176,506179,492165,176
New York State10,438,67610,348,34510,377,81110,513,32710,654,52010,810,19111,082,80911,197,69910,984,35011,005,74211,294,06411,432,84011,619,13711,865,51812,099,18512,259,13612,389,88412,652,84112,743,03511,581,930

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis








INDICATORS TREND | WESTCHESTER
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0
Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care -1
Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 -1
Decreasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Single Female-Headed Households 0
Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0
Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 1
Increasing
Serious Crimes -1
Decreasing
Victims of Domestic Violence -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households With Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households without Vehicles -1
Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Air Quality 1
Increasing
Population Density 0
Maintaining
Water Quality of the Long Island Sound 1
Increasing
Open Space in Westchester County 1
Increasing
Change in Total Population 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Age -1
Decreasing
People with Disabilities 1
Increasing
Language Diversity 1
Increasing
People 65 or Older Living Alone 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs -1
Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Food Insecurity -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Public Assistance 0
Maintaining
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 1
Increasing
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden -1
Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households -1
Decreasing
Homelessness, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Homelessness, by Sex 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Student Spending 0
Maintaining
Student Suspensions -1
Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Without Health Insurance -1
Decreasing
Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Mortality Rate from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Diabetes Mortality, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Suicide Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*


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