The Empire State is home to some of the world’s best known attractions including Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. The population of New York is extremely diverse with an estimated half of the population speaking a language other than English and approximately 200 languages represented state-wide. It is also home to the most populous city in the country. New York City boasts a population of over 8 million, more than twice the size of the next largest city in the country (Los Angeles). In fact, the population of New York City alone surpasses the population of most states in the U.S. As a result, New York as a whole, has a massive labor force.

According to the latest Employment in New York State newsletter, the state had over 9.3 million non-farm jobs in November of 2015, a number that included over 7.8 million private sector jobs. The state saw an increase of 2.3% in the number of jobs since November, 2014, slightly ahead of the national increase of 2.2% for the same period, and in December, 2015 the private sector jobs count in New York reached an all-time high. The state ended the year with an unemployment rate of 4.8%, which is not only better than the national average of 5.0% at the close of 2015, but represents the lowest unemployment rate the state has seen in the last 8 years.