Long Island had the highest labor force participation rate of any region in 2016, at 63.8%. Participation rates in the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley also topped 60%, followed by New York City at just under 60%. Long Island had the highest labor force participation rate of any region in 2016, at 63.8%. Participation rates in the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley also topped 60%, followed by New York City at just under 60%.

NEW YORK CITY—There was some good news and some disheartening trends on the New York State labor force in a recent economic report authored by the New York State Comptroller. While unemployment is down sharply from the Great Recession, the downstate economy is faring much better than upstate New York.