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Report - April 2013

Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs

With middle-income jobs in decline, entrepreneurship offers an increasingly promising pathway out of poverty; but few low-income New Yorkers are currently taking this route to economic self-sufficiency.

Data - April 2013

Data from Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's major April 2013 report on low-income entrepreneurs. The report found that with middle-income jobs in decline, entrepreneurship offers an increasingly promising pathway out of poverty; but few low-income New Yorkers are currently taking this route to economic self-sufficiency.

Data - April 2013

Low-Wage Jobs, 2012

Over the past five years, the number of New Yorkers who work in low-wage jobs has steadily increased, with more than a third of adults in the city—and nearly half in the Bronx—now stuck in low-paying occupations.

Data - March 2013

Is Manufacturing Back in Brooklyn?

Like the rest of New York City, Brooklyn has been bleeding manufacturing jobs for decades. But in the last few years, manufacturing employment in the borough is up slightly, even though the average company now has considerably fewer employees on average. Is Brooklyn in a new age of entrepreneurial manufacturing?

Data - March 2013

New York’s New Business Boom

Nearly twice as many new businesses were started in the five boroughs in 2011 than in 1991, and the lion’s share were started outside of Manhattan.

Data - March 2013

Legal Limbo

New York remains a global center for law firms, but employment in the city's legal services sector is down 3 percent over the past two decades.

Data - February 2013

Texas Two Step

There has been a huge spike in the number of New Yorkers relocating to Texas in recent years, even at a time when fewer city residents were departing for Charlotte, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other traditional destinations.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2013

Foster Youth and the Workforce: Next Steps

Roughly half of the young people who have aged out of NYC’s foster care system aren’t working, but this policy brief outlines a handful of achievable recommendations for putting foster youth on the path to careers and productive lives.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2013

Time to Revamp NYC’s Workforce Development System

NYC’s next mayor will inherit a workforce development system in far better shape than when Mayor Bloomberg took office, but it’s now time to go beyond simply placing New Yorkers into jobs and build the skills of the local workforce.

Report - January 2013

Branches of Opportunity

New York City’s public libraries are serving more people in more ways than ever before, and have become an increasingly critical part of the city’s human capital system; but they have been undervalued by policymakers and face growing threats in today’s digital age.

Data - January 2013

Data from Branches of Opportunity

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's major January 2013 report on NYC's public libraries. The report found that public libraries are serving more people in more ways than ever before, and have become an increasingly critical part of the city’s human capital system; but they have been undervalued by policymakers and face growing threats in today’s digital age.

Report - December 2012

State of the Chains, 2012

Our fifth annual ranking of national retailers in NYC shows that the number of chain stores in New York City increased for the fifth straight year in 2012, paced by strong growth in the Bronx and continued expansion from top retailers Dunkin Donuts and Subway.

Data - August 2012

Data from Smarter Small Businesses

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's August 2012 report on technology use among NYC's small businesses. The report found that far too many of NYC's small businesses still aren't using websites, online ads and other technology tools, a huge missed opportunity at a time when small firms face increasing competition from national chains and online companies.

Report - August 2012

Smarter Small Businesses

This report finds that far too many of NYCs small businesses still arent using websites, online ads and other technology tools, a huge missed opportunity at a time when small firms face increasing competition from national chains and online companies.

Report - July 2012

Here Comes the Sun

This edition of New York by the Numbers reveals that New York City lags behind the rest of the state when it comes to installing solar energy panels in residential, commercial and government buildings, but is beginning to catch up.

Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2012

GED® change will be costly for N.Y.

In July 2012, the Albany Times Union published an op-ed by our senior fellow Tom Hilliard which notes that beginning in 2014 the GED® exam will cost twice as much to take and be significantly more difficult to pass, changes that will almost certainly lead to significantly fewer New Yorkers getting their GED® credential. Already, New York is 49th out of 50 states in the GED® pass rates. In the op-ed, Tom urges New York State education officials and legislators to explore alternatives to the GED® test.

Testimony - June 2012

Keeping Up with the Boroughs

The New York City Council held a hearing that was prompted by the Center for an Urban Future's 2011 "Behind the Curb" report, which documented that New York City's public transit service has not kept pace with recent job growth and transit ridership gains in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The Center commended the Council's Transportation Committee for convening the hearing, which is titled "Keeping Up with the Boroughs—Addressing Public Transit Needs Outside Manhattan."

Data - May 2012

Data from New Tech City

Selected charts and graphs from the Center for an Urban Future's major May 2012 report on NYC's tech sector. The report found that, riding a wave of start-ups, New York has emerged as a national leader in fields that leverage the Internet and mobile technologies—a development that has provided a key economic boost and left the city well positioned for future tech growth.

Report - May 2012

Now Hiring

While young adults without a college degree are among those who are having the hardest time finding decent paying jobs today, this report provides a ray of hope. It identifies more than two dozen occupations in New York City that are expected to have ample job openings in the years ahead which pay decent salaries and which are accessible to young adults with low levels of educational attainment.

Report - May 2012

New Tech City

Riding a wave of start-ups, New York has emerged as a national leader in fields that leverage the Internet and mobile technologies—a development that has provided a key economic boost and left the city well positioned for future tech growth

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