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New York State Unemployment Fact Sheet for June

New York State’s average unemployment rate for April and May 2020 stood at 14.9 percent. For the same time period last year, the average unemployment rate was 3.8 percent. In the 12 weeks between March 10 and May 30, 2020, New York State processed over 2.4 million unemployment claims, which is more than 12 percent of the state’s population. Unemployment claims have slowed in recent weeks, but many New Yorkers remain unemployed. As of June 13, the five most racially and … (read more)

NYS Unemployment Factsheet for April

New York State’s April 2020 unemployment rate stood at 14.5 percent – up from 4.1 percent in March -and was the state’s largest recorded monthly increase since 1976 when the current record-keeping began. In the seven weeks between March 10 and April 25, 2020, New York State processed over 1.5 million initial unemployment insurance claims from residents, which represents more people than the entire population of the state of Maine. Look for more monthly factsheets covering unemployment in New York … (read more)

Strengthen Medicaid and Protect Health Coverage for New Yorkers

May 20, 2020

This time last year, New York celebrated its lowest rate of residents without health insurance to date at 5 percent. A historic low that is a continuation of nearly a decade of decline in people who lack health insurance, this record-breaking success set New York apart from the national trend of rising uninsured rates.

The public health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic threatens past success in reducing the rate of the uninsured in New … (read more)

Unemployment Insurance Taxes Paid for Undocumented Workers in NYS

May 14, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, there has been a growing call for undocumented immigrants, who make up five percent of the New York State labor force, to be covered by some form of unemployment insurance. What is often overlooked in discussions of unemployment insurance is the extent to which undocumented immigrants are already part of paying into the existing system, even when they are excluded from collecting benefits.

Undocumented immigrants face the same challenges as other … (read more)

New York’s Unemployment System Depends on Continued Federal Assistance

May 11, 2020

Following the Great Recession, New York’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund only achieved a positive fund balance for the first time in fiscal year 2016. On January 1, 2020, the balance stood at $2.65 billion, but the fund was nearing insolvency according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation began eight weeks ago, over 1.7 million New York residents have filed for unemployment, which is roughly 5 percent of the nation’s … (read more)

New Report: Economic Impact of Long Island’s Opioid Crisis

The Fiscal Policy Institute’s new report “The Staggering Cost of Long Island’s Opioid Crisis” revealed the economic impact of this health crisis and how the financial burden is borne by all of us: as taxpayers, consumers, and businesses. While the devastating personal costs of addiction have always been clear, the report shows just how significant the effect has been on Long Island’s economy through lost productivity, and other costs to businesses, emergency services, libraries, and others. On Long Island, the … (read more)

Op-Ed: Protect Veterans’ Access to SNAP

November 9, 2018

Veterans Day reminds us of our duty to support Americans who have served our nation in uniform.

It’s an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices they’ve made and to re-examine the ways we can help them when they return home and re-enter civilian life. As we support them, we can certainly all agree that no veteran should go hungry.

Unfortunately, for too many veterans in New York and across the country, hunger remains a serious concern. That’s … (read more)

Webinar: What New York’s Community Organizations Need To Know About Public Charge

Join FPI For A Webinar On: What New York’s Community Organizations Need To Know About Public Charge

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security publicized a proposed Public Charge rule that would punish immigrants going through official immigration processes and their families for applying for or receiving government benefits for which they are legally eligible. This would take away vital government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and housing assistance from low-income immigrant families, including U.S. citizen children. Denying access (read more)

Press Release: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

November 9, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of FPI 518.469.6769 | deutsch@fiscalpolicy.org

Sherry Tomasky, Director of Public Affairs of Hunger Solutions New York 518.414.6769 | sherry.tomasky@hungersolutionsny.org

PRESS RELEASE New York State Food Security Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Food Assistance for Veterans

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Helps Nearly 64,000 of New York’s Low-Income Veterans Put Food on Their Tables

As the nation prepares to observe Veterans Day, Hunger Solutions New York and the Fiscal Policy Institute … (read more)

Census 2020: NYS Should Invest $40 Million to Fund Community Outreach

October 30, 2018. 

In a new report, the Fiscal Policy Insititute details the resources community-based groups will require to maximize participation in the 2020 Census among “hard to count” residents across New York State. FPI proposes that the governor and legislature include $40 million in next year’s state budget for community-based organizations to do outreach around the 2020 Census. FPI notes that this should be in addition to whatever funds the state commits to its own outreach and media campaigns … (read more)