ANALYSIS OF THE LABOR MARKET IN THE FULTON COUNTY REGION

Analysis of the Labor Market

New York's Fulton County Region Labor Market Area is a diverse labor market consisting of a two-county region plus associated towns in Upstate New York located between the Albany and Utica markets.

Key metrics include:

  • Low percentage of high school dropouts
  • Above average number of Associates certificates completions
  • Above average number of college graduates
  • Above average number of graduate degrees
  • Above average number of job/Millenial entrants
  • Above level number of executive age workers
  • Above average number of senior/pre-retiree age workers
  • Mobile workforce with adequate access to private transportation
  • Life & physical sciences wages 5% below NY State average
  • Healthcare diagnosing occupations wages 12% below NY State average
  • Management, Business, Science & Arts occupations represent 40% of total employment


In 2015, Fulton County hired DCG Corplan Consulting LLC to complete a comprehensive Labor Market Analysis (LMA). The LMA incudes 67 zip code tabulation areas (ZCTA's) within a 45-minute drive:

Map of Labor Market Area for Tryon Technology Park in Johnstown, NY

Employment by Industry within the LMA (2012)

Total Civilian Labor Force 311,870
Education services, healthcare & social assistance 87,069
Retail trade 38,690
Public Administration 28,693
Professional, scientifc, management, and administrative & waste 27,916
Arts, recreation & entertainment and accommodations & food services 25,742
Manufacturing 23,724
Finance, insurance, real estate and rental & leasing 21,393
Construction 16,559
Other services, except public administration 13,876
Transportation, warehousing & utilities 12,064
Wholesale trade 7,287
Information 6,405
Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting and mining 2,452

Commutation Patterns within the LMA (2012)

Mean Travel Time to Work 22.5 minutes
% Commute outside County of Residence 36.1%
% 2 or more vehicles available 45.2%

Educational Attainment of Persons
within the LMA (2012)

% College Graduates 43.6%
% Graduate Degrees 14.4%
% Bachelors Degree 17.9%
% AA Certificate: 12.3%
% Some College / No Degree 18.1%
% High School Only 25.7%
% Less than High School Only 6.7%

Working Ages of Persons
within the LMA (2012)

% Age Group 18-24 10.7%
% Age Group 25-44 24.9%
% Age Group 45-54 15.3%
% Age Group 55-65 13.0%
% Age Group 18-65 63.9%
Median age of population (years) 39.8 yrs.

Opportunities for Wage Savings within the LMA (2012)

Occupation Hourly Wage Index to NYS Norm (100.0)
Personal Care & Services $8.51 57.2
Food Preparation & Serving $5.91 76.3
Legal $33.35 78.9
Healthcare Technicians $16.10 82.9
Business & Financial $25.07 83.3
Arts, Design & Entertainment $18.37 83.7
Healthcare Diagnosing $29.78 88.2
IT & Computers $30.23 89.6
Farming, Fishing & Forestry $8.83 90.7
Protective Services $23.87 93.9
Office & Administrative Support $14.48 94.6
Life & Physical Sciences $25.49 94.8
Transportation $14.23 95.9
Management $32.87 96.7
Building & Grounds Maintenance $10.31 97.1
Educational, Training & Library $21.45 97.6
Sales & Related $13.19 98.6