More startling news was discovered in the U.S. Census Bureau estimates of population change from 2010 to 2017.
The latest data, which accounts for more loss — shows that most job-gains were picked up in New York City. The trend is startling because it goes against efforts by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to restore energy in the Upstate New York economic scene.
Population declined nearly 93,000 in the 42 counties that had a decline during the period — which was a fall of roughly 3 percent. Broome and Chemung counties in the southern tier saw some of the biggest losses during the period.
Tompkins and Ontario counties were the only ones to see an increase in the Finger Lakes. Tompkins increased it’s population by 3.3 percent during the period — while estimates show that Ontario County saw an increase of 1.7 percent.
Meanwhile, Yates, Schuyler, Seneca, Cayuga, Wayne, and Steuben counties all saw losses. Some bigger than others.
Here’s how the decline broke down on a county-by-county basis:
– Yates saw a decline of 1.6 percent
– Schuyler saw a decline of 1.9 percent
– Seneca saw a decline of 2.1 percent
– Steuben saw a decline of 2.7 percent
– Cayuga saw a decline of 3 percent
– Wayne saw a decline of 3.3 percent
New York City saw a population spike of nearly 5 percent during that period. That meant an additional 450,000 people coming to the city.
There is conflicting data out there, too. A report last year by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that unemployment had declined throughout the entire state’s 10 regions. The report evaluated unemployment figures between 2011 to 2016.
That said, all of those regions had fewer workers.
The numbers will serve as a backdrop to Gov. Cuomo’s re-election campaign, who will have a primary against Democrat Cynthia Nixon.