Labor markets

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)

New York’s Job Shift from Higher-Paying to Lower-Paying Industries

January 21, 2004.  An economic update from FPI. Also see press release.… (read more)

Building Jobs: A Blueprint for the “New” New York

January 2004. Prepared for the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York and the Consortium for Worker Education. Report >>(read more)

New York City’s Garment Industry: A New Look?

August 20, 2003. Informed by interviews with industry experts, this report identifies several potentially effective and promising approaches being pursued by New York City apparel manufacturers and contractors in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Read the report >>(read more)