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The Decade in Review

New York State's Labor Markets, 2000-2010

The first decade of the new millennium started off on a high note as the Internet-fueled tech bubble that began in the 1990s continued to elevate the overall economy. However, soon the bubble burst, and a severe national recession soon followed, devastating both labor and financial markets.

After a modest five-year recovery, a second, more severe recession—dubbed the "Great Recession"—again shattered markets and had the distinction of being the longest U.S. economic downturn since the 1930s. With a tech bubble and the worst U.S. economic downturn in over 70 years serving as bookends, it is easy to understand why some analysts refer to 2000-2010 as a "lost decade" for American workers.

This new report from the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics examines what happened to labor markets here in New York State over 2000-2010. The report consists of:

  • Short overview of the past decade
  • Appendix A—Monthly trends in statewide industries
  • Appendix B—Trends in statewide industries and metro areas
  • Appendix C—Trends in regions, metro areas and non-metro counties

Read the full report including all appendices

Read the report’s overview

Read Appendix A: Monthly Trends in Statewide Industries, 2000-2010

Read Appendix B: Employment Trends in New York State and Metro Areas, 2000-2010

Read: Appendix C: Employment Trends in New York State Regions, Metro Areas and Non-Metro Counties, 2000-2010
or select a specific region from the table below.


Employment Trends in New York State Regions, Metro Areas and Non-Metro Counties 2000-2010
Region Includes data for:
Trends in New York State Statewide only
Trends in the Capital District
Albany-Schenectady-Troy and Glens Falls MSAs; Columbia and Greene Counties
Trends in Central New York
Syracuse MSA; Cayuga and Cortland Counties
Trends in the Finger Lakes
Rochester MSA; Genesee, Seneca, Wyoming, and Yates Counties
Trends in the Hudson Valley
Kingston and Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown MSAs; Putnam-Rockland-Westchester Labor Market Area; Sullivan County
Trends in Long Island
Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division
Trends in the Mohawk Valley
Utica-Rome MSA; Fulton, Montgomery, and Otsego Counties
Trends in New York City
New York City Labor Market Area
Trends in the North Country
Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties
Trends in the Southern Tier
Binghamton and Ithaca MSAs; Chemung, Chenango, Delaware,Schuyler, and Steuben Counties
Trends in Western New York
Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSA; Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties


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