Last week, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli issued a report which finds that Upstate New York lags behind downstate New York and the nation in job growth since the Great Recession. Since June 2009, total employment in upstate New York rose by 0.3 percent compared to 2.2 percent in the downstate region and 1.9 percent nationwide during the same time frame.

Comptroller DiNapoli said:

“On the surface, New York’s economy has rebounded from the Great Recession. But it should come as no surprise that a closer look reveals pockets of the state still have a long way to go to catch up.”

The Mohawk Valley, the Southern Tier, North Country, Upper Hudson Valley, and Central New York have all lost jobs, while total employment has risen in the Capital Region, Finger Lakes, and Western New York.

This is just another report demonstrating what Unshackle Upstate and our partners have been saying for some time – the Upstate economy is not where it should be. We need our state lawmakers to acknowledge this reality, and to act on it.