Labor markets

New York State Workers’ Compensation: How Big Is the Coverage Shortfall?

January 25, 2007.  (Includes addendum of February 5, 2007.) Between 500,000 and a million New York workers who should have workers’ compensation coverage do not, and the system’s revenues are $500 million to $1 billion lower than they should be. Fragmented responsibility for enforcement has allowed employers to provide unemployment insurance but not workers’ compensation coverage to some workers; in other cases employers misclassify employees as consultants to keep them out of both systems. Report >>(read more)

New York’s Big Picture: A Report to the New York Film, Television and Commercial Initiative

August 8, 2006. FPI worked with researchers from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and City and Regional Planning Department on this study of New York’s film, television and commercial production industries. Among the findings: Including direct, indirect and induced effects, the total value added by these industries in New York was an estimated $13.1 billion in 2005, considerably higher than previous estimates of the film sector’s impact. Report >>(read more)

The New York City Construction Labor Market

April 2006. This labor market profile was prepared by the Fiscal Policy Institute for the NYC Employment and Training Coalition and NYC Workforce Investment Board. Among the findings: New York City construction employment, now about 250,000 workers, is likely to expand considerably over the next five years. Construction workers residing in the city are overwhelmingly male, and nearly 63 percent of construction workers are non-white. They earn a median wage of $14.90. Read the report >>(read more)

The Transportation Sector Workforce: Good Paying Jobs for Workers with Limited Education

January 20, 2006. Economic analysis by the FPI for the New York City Employment and Training Coalition and the New York City Workforce Investment Board. Among the findings: With several very large employers, this sector currently employs 200,000 workers and will offer tens of thousands of career opportunities over the next ten years. The jobs are more likely than others in NYC to be full-time and union-represented; workers tend to be non-white, male, and/or immigrants. Even in a globalizing … (read more)

Who’s right on pension costs – the MTA or the TWU?

December 22, 2005. One of the issues raised by the late December 2005 strike by Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) was the future of pension or retirement plans for American workers.  A debate has also ensued about the validity of the claims by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that pension costs are a significant cause of its projected budget gaps in 2008 and beyond, and about the pros and cons, from a policy perspective, of the MTA’s … (read more)

New York City’s Labor Market Outlook with a Special Emphasis on Immigrant Workers

December 9, 2005. A presentation for a forum sponsored by the NYC Education and Training Coalition: “NYC’s Labor Market: Where Are the Jobs?” Presentation >>(read more)

New National Report Offers Sobering Look at Trends in New York’s Early Childhood Education Workforce

September 15, 2005. This issue of Fiscal Policy Note$ takes a look at a comprehensive new report, Losing Ground in Early Childhood Education, from the Economic Policy Institute, the Keystone Research Center, and the Foundation for Child Development. Among the findings: qualifications decline among early childhood education workers with less one fourth now having college degrees. Since the early 1980s, there has been a large and unsettling dip in the qualifications of the early childhood education workers in New … (read more)

Prospects for Information Technology Jobs in New York’s Finance Sector

June 2005. A report prepared by the Fiscal Policy Institute for the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development through a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In August, Randi F. Marshall of Newsday wrote about the report: Technology’s Human Need.… (read more)

Taking Away the Ladder of Opportunity: Hotel Conversions and the Threat Posed to New York City’s Tourism Jobs and Economic Diversity

May 17, 2005. Despite record tourism and business travel levels, the wave of conversions of high-end hotel rooms to luxury condominiums is costing the city dearly in terms of hotel jobs.  Over 3,200 Manhattan hotel rooms will be lost in 2004 and 2005 and another 3,000 hotel rooms are in jeopardy of conversion.  As a result of conversions, hotel employment in New York City has fallen by 2,200 or five percent since September 2004.

Considering the importance of a prosperous … (read more)

Immigrant Workers and the Minimum Wage in New York City

March 25, 2004. Prepared by the Fiscal Policy Institute for the New York Immigration Coalition.  Includes detailed tables on the immigrant workforce in New York City. Read the report. (read more)