Economic Trends & Policy

State Economic Update: Economy Recovers While Inequality Rises

By Emily Eisner, PhD, Economist January 11, 2024 View Full Economic Update Overview   New York State is home to one of the largest, most thriving economies in the world; as of 2022, New York’s gross domestic product was over $2 trillion, rivaling the entire economy of Canada and larger than the economies of Australia and South Korea. Despite New York’s aggregate economic strength, New York faces real economic challenges, including a decrease in total employment, climbing poverty rates, and [...]

2024-02-20T19:08:48-05:00January 15th, 2024|Blog, Economic Outlook|

Latest Census Data, Combined with FPI Analysis, Reveal New York Losing Working and Middle Class

June Cash Receipts Continue to Stabilize Following April Volatility “In light of population loss, State should make deep investments in the services and programs that keep New Yorkers here” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2023Media Contact: ALBANY, NY | In response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of the Vintage 2023 Population Estimates today, Fiscal Policy Institute Senior Policy Analyst Andrew Perry released the following statement: "The latest Census data should serve as a red flag [...]

2024-04-08T13:41:23-04:00December 19th, 2023|Migration, Press Releases|

High Earners Move Out Of New York Less Often Than Working & Middle Class And Do Not Move In Response To Tax Hikes

A groundbreaking new report from the Fiscal Policy Institute, “Who Is Leaving New York State? Income Trends” reveals for the first time that the richest New Yorkers are far less likely to move out of New York than working and middle-class New Yorkers in normal, non-Covid years. While this pattern temporarily changed during Covid, when all households earning over $170,000 significantly increased their likelihood of moving out of state, migration trends reverted to normal in 2022.

2024-04-08T13:45:21-04:00December 5th, 2023|Migration, Must Read, Press Releases, State Budget, Tax Policy|

Latest Census Data Confirms New York Losing Residents to Neighboring States with Lower Housing Costs

New Census data revealed that New York State lost a net total of 244,100 people in 2022. The latest Census data, which details state-to-state migration patterns, confirms the Fiscal Policy Institute's prior findings: New Yorkers are primarily moving to neighboring states with a lower cost of living, and in particular, lower housing costs. Meanwhile, less than half of New Yorkers are leaving for low tax states. This data confirms State fiscal policy should focus on turning New York into a place where people can afford to live and raise families — from investing in universal childcare and high-quality public education to affordable housing and reliable public transit. Conversely, budget cuts or underfunding will only hinder New York's economic recovery. Increasingly unaffordable housing and childcare, combined with shrinking state services, will continue to drive both individuals and businesses out of our state.

2023-10-21T15:14:47-04:00October 20th, 2023|Migration, Press Releases, Tax Policy|

Workforce Report: Labor Shortage Mitigation in New York’s Home Care Sector

New York State has been reported to be one of the states most at risk of incurring a shortage of healthcare workers over the next decade. With a quickly growing population of adults over the age of 65 (“older adults”) and a movement towards “aging in place,” the demand for home care workers will rise dramatically over the next decade.

2024-04-18T15:09:22-04:00March 29th, 2023|Healthcare, Labor Market & Workforce, Must Read|

Fact vs Fiction: The Truth About New York’s Corporate Tax

March 8, 2023 Most businesses do not pay the corporate tax. Only corporations pay the corporate tax, and approximately 95% of businesses are not corporations. [1] Most businesses are partnerships, LLCs, S-corporations, or sole proprietorships, none of which pay the corporate tax. The biggest corporations pay most of the tax. More than 80% of corporations in New York pay less than $1,000 in tax. [2] Around 75% of all New York corporate tax revenue comes from the 500 most [...]

2023-09-08T11:05:11-04:00March 7th, 2023|Fact Sheets, Migration, Tax Policy|

Personal Income Tax Revenue Exceeds Projections in Mid-Year Financial Plan

In its Mid-Year Financial Plan Update, the New York State Division of the Budget (DOB) reported that tax revenues continue to exceed previous projections. Personal Income Tax (PIT) receipts continue to outperform expectations — bringing in $48.95 billion — nearly $2 billion more than projected in the enacted budget financial plan and $500 million more than projected in the first quarterly update to the financial plan. Through the first half of the fiscal year, PIT receipts exceeded enacted and first quarter projections by 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

2023-09-08T10:28:45-04:00November 30th, 2022|Economic Outlook, Financial Plans & Cash Reports|

FPI Statement on New NYS Labor Data and Comptroller DiNapoli’s Labor Force Report

Nathan Gusdorf, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, today released the following statement: “Recent data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today reveal New York State added 456,000 jobs from June 2021 to June 2022, which represents a 5.1% annual increase — making New York the fifth fastest growing job market in the United States."

Excluded Worker Fund Will Run Out of Money

October 7, 2021 (updated from October 4). The groundbreaking Excluded Worker Fund, which gives aid to people who are excluded from unemployment insurance benefits, has crossed the $1 billion mark, and stands at $1,148,078,400 as of October 4. That’s a huge benefit to workers - nearly all of them undocumented - in our state, and is helping people and local economies in all regions. Equally impressive: 99 percent of those who have been approved get $15,600, the higher of two benefit levels. This is designed to [...]

2021-10-07T15:45:10-04:00October 4th, 2021|Blog, Migration|

Some Regions Lag in Excluded Worker Fund

October 4, 2021. New York State’s historic Excluded Worker Fund has been helping undocumented immigrants and others who were left out of unemployment compensation during the pandemic. According to data provided by the New York State Department of Labor last week, the fund - as predicted - is having an important positive impact on all regions of the state. The most important benefit of the Excluded Worker Fund is helping workers and their families, but the infusion of money into the community helps local economies [...]

2021-10-04T18:01:06-04:00October 4th, 2021|Blog, Migration|

Millions of Dollars Help Immigrants and Boost the Local Economy Across NYS

Sept. 3, 2021. The first data is out: $250 million has already been issued to immigrants who lost work during the pandemic but were excluded from federal aid, and another $600 million is “undergoing final verification.” After just the first month, 50,000 people have already been found eligible, funds have been dispersed to over 10,000, and another 40,000 are in the final stages of the verification process. Equally impressive: 99 percent of those who have received the funds are approved for $15,600, the higher of [...]

2021-09-07T12:46:26-04:00September 3rd, 2021|Blog, Migration|

Economy Shows Improvement, but Employment Needs Time to Recover

Read the full report here: Economy Shows Improvement, but Employment Needs Time to Recover Several measures show signs of gradual improvement for New York residents as the state emerges from the covid-19 recession. One such indicator is the steep decline of new unemployment insurance claims, which had recently peaked in winter this year. Another such positive indicator is the continued gradual decrease in the statewide unemployment (U-3) rate, which peaked at 16.2 in April of 2020 as a result of pandemic-induced layoffs and business closures. The [...]

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