Opinion: Immigrants Are the Lifeblood of New York City – Nearly half of New York City’s small businesses are owned by immigrants

October 5, 2011. Gabe Pressman, NBC News. Read the article.… (read more)

Immigrants Make up Half of All Small Business Owners in NYC

October 3, 2011. New numbers from FPI’s Immigration Research Institute show that immigrants make up almost half of all small business owners in New York City. And, immigrants in the labor force are somewhat more likely than U.S.-born workers to own small businesses. Immigrant small business owners are an extremely diverse group, with no single country of origin dominating; in fact, the top ten groups together still make up just 45 percent of the total number of immigrant small business … (read more)

Building New York’s Future: Creating Jobs and Business Opportunities Through Mass Transit Investments

September 27, 2011. This white paper finds that as New York comes out of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the state can and should pursue a mass transit-related manufacturing strategy, positioning itself as a leader in sustainable transportation while creating good, middle class jobs for New Yorkers. Working toward broad political commitment and securing adequate funding for New York’s transit authorities’ capital and operating budgets, and for national mass transit infrastructure, are necessary complements.… (read more)

Brooklyn Labor Market Review – Fall 2011

September 26, 2011. Prepared by FPI for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the latest issue of the BLMR finds that Brooklyn led all boroughs in job creation and in new firm creation over the last decade. During this period, Brooklyn added 50,000 jobs while the while New York City as a whole lost 16,000. The borough added not only hundreds of restaurants and retail shops but also health care, business and professional service companies.… (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)

Budget Busters

September 18, 2011. A letter by James Parrott, New York Post.… (read more)

Can Obama’s Plan Erase New York’s Jobs Deficit?

September 14, 2011. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(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)

Scant recovery for workers in NYC: Young workers see gains, but unemployment worsens for older workers

July 20, 2011. This report, the latest on “The State of Working NYC,” finds several crosscurrents in the first year after the job market bottomed out in NYC. Young workers (ages 16-21 and 22-27) gained in the recovery, contrary to the national trend of decreasing employment rates for these age groups. Unfortunately, older workers too bucked the trend: nationally they made small gains, but in NYC they fared worst of all age groups. While NYC’s job growth outpaced the nation’s … (read more)

Comments on USDA’s proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations

July 5, 2011. Comments on regulations implementing the eligibility, certification and employment and training provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill. In general, USDA’s overall approach to the Food, Conservation and Energy Act (FCEA) provisions is laudable. However, these comments outline several important changes should be made in the final regulations. Without these changes, the regulations would fall far short of what the legislation intended and would miss important opportunities to improve the program for the millions of Americans who rely … (read more)