Reported GDP in 2009: $36.3 billion
Reported GDP today: $39.6 billion
Population change 2000-10: 2.3%
Government jobs in New York State aren't what they once were, but a quarter of the Capital District's work force is still gainfully employed by the state, giving Albany the lowest unemployment rate in New York. Health care providers such as Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Health Care Services and universities including Union College, Siena College and the State University of New York at Albany have kept the area both recession-resistant and afloat.