An economic indicator is a data point used to interpret and help judge the overall health of an economy.
It’s a snapshot based on government-collected numbers analyzed to see how a region, in this case Long Island, compares with both itself and other places nearby and nationally over time.
Annual Rail Ridership, Indexed to 2010
Since 2010, Long Island Rail Road ridership has grown the fastest among the regional rails, by 27 percent, while Metro North ridership grew by 6 percent, New Jersey Transit has grown by 22 percent.
Annual Bus Ridership, Indexed to 2010
Since 2010, bus ridership in Nassau County has dropped 19 percent and Suffolk County has dropped 35 percent.
Total Vehicle Registrations
Car registrations continue to grow on Long Island, while New York State’s went down.