New York State economy

Honoring Dr. King’s Commitment to Unions

March 31, 2008. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated forty years ago while in Memphis supporting the unionization of African American sanitation workers. To commemorate Dr. King’s commitment to unionization, FPI and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) are releasing new data about unionization among blacks in the nation and in New York State. Press release and data tables (unionization rates and union membership by race, 50 states). Also see CEPR’s Unions and Upward Mobility for African-American Workers(read more)

Testimony on the 2008-2009 Executive Budget – Economic Development and Taxes

February 11, 2008. Testimony submitted by FPI executive director Frank Mauro to the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees. Given the many signs that we are in a recession, state leaders must be especially careful about the way they close the state budget gap. Some gap-closing strategies could actually exacerbate the downturn.… (read more)

Wall Street’s Binge, Workers’ Hangover

November 6, 2007. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(read more)

Cutting Upstate Adrift Doesn’t Serve It Well

March 6, 2007. A statement from FPI executive director Frank Mauro.… (read more)

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)

One New York: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity

November 20, 2006. One New York: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity is a comprehensive look at the economic and fiscal policy recommendations New York needs to strengthen the economy in each region of the state and to strengthen the middle class.

One New York: full report, executive summary, press release (also below)

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State of Working New York 2006: An Uneven Recovery

September 2, 2006. New York’s recovery has been uneven, with wages yet to rise while worker productivity climbs. Economic and fiscal pressures restrain the rebound for most of upstate; in particular, western New York lags.

  1. Population of New York’s super-regions and region definitions
  2. Population, employment, wages,
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Pulling Apart: Gap Between New York’s Wealthiest and Poorest is Widest in the Nation

January 26, 2006. New studies find that New York has the most unequal income distribution of the 50 states. And the situation in the Empire State has gotten much worse over the last two decades. This is among the findings of a new report from FPI, Pulling Apart in New York: An Analysis of Income Trends in New York, by the Fiscal Policy Institute. Also see Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends, a new analysis of … (read more)

State of Working New York 2005: New Yorker Workers Treading Water in a Tenuous Recovery

September 4, 2005. Gains of growth go to corporate profits and high-wage earners, while the middle class shrinks. The tenuous economic recovery of the past two years has been characterized by such weak wage growth that most of New York’s working families have been left treading water, according to the latest edition of the State of Working New York.  FPI’s State of Working New York series, published biennially since 1999, provides comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the data available … (read more)

Immigrants and the New York City Labor Force

February 15, 2005. Testimony presented at New York City Council Immigration Committee Hearing. Read the testimony.(read more)