New York State economy

Pulling apart: The continuing impact of income polarization in New York State

November 15, 2012. A new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute shows that various income measures all point toward the same conclusions:  In recent years, polarization has intensified; and New York has been one of the national leaders in this undesirable trend. The top one percent share of income dipped during the recession, but has started to rise again in the recovery. Further, no state is more polarized than New York and no large city is more polarized than New … (read more)

State of Working New York 2012: Data Show a Disappointingly Weak Recovery

September 2, 2012. How are New Yorkers faring? Here’s the gist of this year’s annual report from FPI on the New York State economy:

  • Unemployment in New York State has been around eight percent or higher for the past three and a half years, the longest stretch since the mid-1970s. The average duration of unemployment is currently nine months. The historic weakness of the recovery stems from the severity and nature of the Great Recession and financial collapse. Nationally,
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Blacks and Hispanics bear the brunt of the continuing unemployment crisis – in New York and across the country

February 16, 2012. New data show that New York’s black and Hispanic workers have been hit especially hard by joblessness during the recession and the weak recovery. According to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute, No relief in 2012 for high unemployment for African Americans and Latinos, New York is one of 14 states with double digit unemployment rates for both blacks and Hispanics. Press release with New York figures>>(read more)

Sizing up the Governor’s Proposed 2012-2013 Executive Budget in its Economic Context

January 19, 2012. A briefing document by James A. Parrott, Ph.D., Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute.… (read more)

State of Working New York 2011, Part II: Great Recession takes a $31 billion toll on New Yorkers

November 29, 2011. New data show that New York families face smaller incomes, fewer opportunities, more hardship. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s 2011 annual edition of the State of Working New York examines how bad the Great Recession and the not-so-great “recovery” have been for the wages and incomes of typical New Yorkers. Of the 504,000 jobs lost, 80 percent are wage and salary positions, and about 20 percent represent fledgling businesses that haven’t been started because of the difficult economic … (read more)

NYC Labor Market Challenges Facing Older Workers

September 22, 2011. FPI’s James A. Parrott delivered testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Aging detailing the following points: Unemployment for older workers has continued to increase during the past year and a half, despite the recovery. And many older workers who are still employed have seen their hours, and their weekly pay, reduced. For New York City workers ages 55-64, both unemployment and under-employment are sharply higher now than before the recession began, and higher than … (read more)

State of Working New York 2011, Part I: One in seven New Yorkers out of work two years into “recovery”

August 31, 2011. FPI’s 2011 annual edition of the State of Working New York documents New York’s continuing unemployment crisis in the context of the weak national economic recovery. Two years into the “recovery” from the Great Recession of 2008-2009, one in seven New York workers is unemployed, under-employed or has given up looking for work – a total of 1.4 million New Yorkers. Long-term unemployment is at record levels. Half of the unemployed have been out of work for … (read more)

Governor Cuomo’s Fiscal Policies: How Will New York’s Economy Be Affected?

June 24, 2011. Governor Cuomo won a great political victory in getting his 2011-2012 budget adopted on time and with very few changes. And it now looks like the Legislature will be enacting – again with very few changes – the very tight cap on property tax levies that the Governor spelled out during his 2010 campaign. This brief examines how the New York economy fared, compared to other states, under the more balanced fiscal policies of recent years. But … (read more)

What do the new Census population numbers tell us about New York’s economy?

January 20, 2011. This data brief, a response to claims that the Census figures depict New York’s economic decline, considers the Census population numbers in relation to other measures of New York State’s relative economic performance over the past decade. The brief is first in a series – Numbers that Count – presenting and analyzing new data on New York’s economy.… (read more)

Misleading NYS GDP Data for 2009: Federal release distorts picture of NYS’s economy

November 18, 2010. The Bureau of Economic Analysis today released advance estimates that dramatically overstate New York State’s actual economic decline for 2009 – making New York the third worst-off state – because the BEA figures are based on very partial data and exclude any information on corporate profits. A much better indicator of New York’s relative economic performance in 2009 is provided by BEA’s own data on total employment by state, which put New York tenth best of the … (read more)