New York State: Home to a Diverse and Talented Workforce

New York State’s diverse and talented workforce is a key to business success and growth here. That success is reflected in the record number of Fortune 500 companies that have made their home in New York, in the state’s top-tier educational institutions – and in the state’s ongoing investment in the talent of tomorrow.  Unlock your business success in the Empire State and take a look at some of the reasons why businesses are starting, growing and thriving in New York: 


in the Northeast in total number of STEM grads


in the nation for the highest number of residents who are scientists and engineers


in the country for high-tech employment

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We’re educating tomorrow’s workforce 

New York is home to top public and private universities (the only state with two Ivies) and to the largest comprehensive public university system in the nation. The state’s now home to the nation’s first accessible, tuition-free college program, the Excelsior Scholarship, whose recipients pledge to stay in New York post-graduation – lending their talent and expertise to NYS businesses. And millennials are discovering New York State offers affordable places to live, work and grow their careers. 

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Learning never stops

New York State is actively invested in workforce development efforts and programs designed to train workers for high-quality, in-demand jobs.

New York State's Office of Strategic Workforce Development, announced in April 2022, will prepare New Yorkers with the skills to meet the current and future needs of businesses and growing industries, generate new opportunities for New Yorkers and encourage regional economic growth. New York’s unique industry-university partnerships, including NYSTAR programs and tax-free zones for businesses, also provide opportunities for businesses to benefit from university R&D resources and for students to get hands-on experience in businesses that are launching and growing here. 

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