Employers planning to increase hiring in Q4: 17 percent
Unemployment rate: 6.8 percent
YOY change unemployment rate: zero percentage points
YOY change in number of jobs: -1,200 (-0.3 percent)
Several upstate New York areas ranked high on Businessweek.com's list of places to start over. Government, health care, and education are mainstays of the economy in Albany, but the semiconductor, advanced materials, IT, biotech, cleantech, and homeland security sectors also have been growing, says Center for Economic Growth President F. Michael Tucker. Drawing high-tech companies to the area are research and development resources such as the University at Albany-SUNY and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. More than 10,000 new jobs are expected to be added in the region between now and 2012 by General Electric, GlobalFoundries' new $6.5 billion semiconductor plant in Malta, and supporting supply chain companies, Tucker says.