Immigrant jobs keep New York City running during Sandy

October 29, 2012. Ted Hesson reports for ABC News/Univision on how immigrants helped keep the city going through the hurricane.

Immigrants make up half of all small business owners in New York City, according to a 2011 report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, and fields like taxi and limousine services, with 90 percent immigrant ownership, will be crucial during the hurricane. One cabbie estimated that only five percent of taxi drivers were on the road this morning, and in Manhattan Valley, traffic had slowed to a handful of cars at each light.


Municipal Art Society Summit for New York City

October 18-19, 2012, Manhattan. Innovative city shapers and thought leaders gathered at the third annual Municipal Art Summit for New York City. On Thursday afternoon (October 18), FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick participated in a session called Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Sustaining a Diverse Economy in the Livable City.

New York’s Rising Jobless Rate Poses Test for Cuomo

October 15, 2012. Danny Hakim writes about New York State’s high unemployment rate in the New York Times.

While the nation’s unemployment rate has been declining over the last year, New York State’s has been rising sharply, presenting a challenge for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as he tries to build an image as a fiscal centrist who can transform the state’s business climate.

Over the last 12 months, New York has been the only state with a statistically significant increase in its unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of August, the state’s rate had climbed to 9.1 percent from 8.2 percent when Mr. Cuomo took office in January 2011, a reversal of the national trend, according to the federal household survey.

In every corner of the state, there are trouble spots. In the Bronx, the unemployment rate is nearly 14 percent. Along Lake Ontario, in rural Orleans County, shrinking manufacturing jobs and government payrolls have pushed unemployment to more than 11 percent. In St.Lawrence County, in the northern Adirondacks, the rate is also 11 percent.

And James A. Parrott, chief economist at the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute, said: “Unemployment is still a problem, but it’s not as bad
as the unemployment rate suggests.”

“The recovery is not as strong as it could be,” he said, adding that much of the job growth has come in low-paying industries, like retail, restaurants and home health care.”

Why Hofstra is the perfect place to talk about immigration

October 15, 2012. An ABC/Univision commentary on why the presidential candidates should address immigration in their debate at Hofstra University.


You sometimes forget that Long Island starts where Queens, one of the most diverse places on earth, ends, and that the demographic richness carries over. Immigrants make up 16 percent of the population across the Island, and 19 percent of the population in Nassau County, according to a 2011 report by the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Measuring Poverty in NYC: Why it Matters

October 5, 2012, Manhattan. The Community Service Society hosted a forum to discuss newly released census data on poverty in New York City and how it compares to the City’s alternative poverty measure. Should the city continue to produce its own measure? What does it reveal that’s different? And what does it mean for public policy? The following panel experts helped to answer these questions:

James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute

Mark Levitan, Director of Poverty Research for NYC’s Center of Economic Opportunity

Michelle Holder, Senior Policy Analyst at CSS

Council Members sponsoring legislation to require the city to continue to produce an annual poverty measure and report.

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