What is the county-by-county impact of raising New York’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour?
May 24, 2012. This new brief shows that among several of the state’s larger upstate counties, the share of workers who would benefit directly is well above the statewide average – 10.1 percent of all resident workers. In Broome County 12.6 percent of workers would benefit, in Oneida 12.5 percent, Erie County 11.4 percent, Monroe 11.1 percent and Onondaga 10.9 percent. Downstate, 352,000 New York City workers would benefit directly, as would 126,500 Long Island workers and 72,500 workers in the northern suburban counties. In all, 18 counties in New York State each have 10,000 or more workers who would benefit directly. The brief is part of the Numbers that Count series, in which FPI presents and analyzes new data on New York’s economy.