Evaluating the region's economy is crucial to determine how to best compete for resources and markets.
Unemployment Rate
Per Capita Income
Poverty Rate

What contributes to economic competitiveness? 

As we experience shifts in the regional, national, and global economies, measuring and comparing our region is the first step in determining how to best compete. Being able to measure progress and illuminate successes when laying the foundation for a strong economy by educating our workforce, attracting talent and entrepreneurs, improving our infrastructure, and reducing both direct and indirect costs in producing goods and services, can assist businesses to grow and become more efficient.

Population in Poverty Share

Source:  American Community Survey 2011-2015

Unemployment Rate Share
Source:  Unemployment Rate, Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2017