New York State economy

High unemployment persists, but New York has not fared as badly as most states in the downturn

October 22, 2010. A new report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that from the start of the national recession through September 2010, New York’s 3.3 percent total job loss ranked it 39th among all states. New Yorkers have certainly not been spared the recession’s devastating effects; however, New York was hit less hard than most parts of the country. Still, there were 800,000 New Yorkers officially unemployed in September, a number nearly 75 percent higher than when the … (read more)

Statement from James Parrott on the National Bureau of Economic Research Announcement on the Business Cycle

September 20, 2010. Most New York workers remain mired in a high unemployment, unacceptably slow recovery, despite today’s announcement by the NBER that the national recession bottomed out in June 2009, 15 months ago. By the most optimistic projections, three to four years of faster job growth are required to bring the unemployment rate back down to the pre-recession. More forceful economic stimulus measures must be applied to prevent this Great Recession from turning into another Great Depression. Statement >>(read more)

State of Working New York 2010: New York starting to see job growth but not yet recovery

September 5, 2010. While New York and the nation have begun to see some modest job growth, unemployment rates remain unacceptably high and recovery is not yet helping most New York workers. New York is hardly unique; from December 2007 through December 2009, the state lost 250,000 jobs, a 2.8 percent job decline. Forty states had even worse job performance over that period. Those with managerial/professional occupations are earning more in New York City, while those in non-managerial/non-professional occupations are … (read more)

China trade gap displaces 140,000 New York jobs

March 23, 2010. China’s currency manipulation fuels continued trade imbalance. New York has lost 140,000 predominantly middle-wage manufacturing jobs in recent years as a result of China’s unfair trade practices, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Press release with data for New York Congressional districts >>(read more)

New York’s Unemployment Crisis

March 10, 2010.  An update from the Fiscal Policy Institute: In January 2010,  852,000 New Yorkers were unemployed, including 413,000 New York City residents. This fact sheet includes data on New York unemployment rates and payroll job losses, including FPI estimates of unemployment by gender, race, and ethnicity, and long-term unemployment.… (read more)

Testimony on Employee Misclassification in New York’s Underground Economy – Assembly Labor Committee

January 27, 2010. Testimony presented by James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, to the Assembly Labor Committee. Research shows that misclassification of employees as so-called independent contractors places a significant burden on taxpayers (including unpaid income taxes as well as avoidance of unemployment benefits and health insurance premiums) and has the broader effect of weakening job security and even physical safety. Over decades, government has established employment standards and social insurance systems to protect workers and responsible businesses … (read more)

Testimony on Employee Misclassification in New York’s Underground Economy – Senate Labor Committee

January 13, 2010.  Testimony presented by James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, to the Senate Labor Committee.(read more)

Amid Talk of Recovery, Jobless Rates Reach Double Digits

September 22, 2009. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(read more)

Testimony on the 2009-2010 Executive Budget – Workforce Issues

February 4, 2009. Testimony presented by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees. The Executive Budget contains many proposals that will directly and indirectly cut jobs, exacerbating the recession in the state economy. There are other ways to close budget gaps – notably, an increase in high-end income taxes – that would do much less harm to the economy.… (read more)

Lighten weight of tax burden

January 27, 2009.  Both fairness and sound economics should play a role in closing New York’s budget gap. A column by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, in the Albany Times Union.… (read more)