York emerged from the 1776 Battle of Long Island to become
the eleventh state ratifying the Constitution after the Revolutionary War.
Commerce, trade and settlement spread throughout the state after the Erie Canal
was built to connect its eastern seaboard to the Great Lakes in 1825. The Statue
of Liberty stands as a testimony and national symbol near Ellis Island from
where 12 million immigrated to the state and sprung an estimated 100 million
descendents throughout the country.
The nearly 19.5 million residents of the third most popular state comprise a
cosmopolitan population of African American, Italian, Irish, German, English,
Hispanic and Asiatic communities. The state also has a 20 percent immigrant
Having New York City as the country's banking and financial center, the state is
also a major agricultural and manufacturing producer, exporting electronic goods,
machinery and foodstuffs to Canada and world centers. New York had an 8 percent
unemployment rate December 2011, dropping from 8.2 percent December 2010.
For job seekers, sectors showing gains through 2011 and beyond are
professional and business services, including scientific, technical, administrative
and support services; trade, transportation, and utilities; construction; and
leisure and hospitality. The educational and health services sector are also
showing good recovery.
Additional information can be found regarding New York's economy
and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: New York Economy.