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Who is Jobs for New York
and what do they stand for?
Jobs For New York is an Independent Expenditure committed to addressing New York City's most pressing needs: keeping New York affordable and creating jobs while fostering a business climate that promotes opportunities for those aspiring to join the middle class. This effort seeks to empower New Yorkers by encouraging them to participate in the 2013 elections and make their voices heard through their votes. In so doing, the IE will seek record turnout at the polls and elect a City Council that is dedicated to creating a New York economy that benefits all.
Affordable housing, good jobs, and a strong middle class. If it matters to you, it matters to us.
New York boasts the largest city economy in the world at an estimated $583 billion. But with its population growing eight-fold in the last 30 years to over 8.1 million, it is more critical than ever before that jobs and housing keep pace.
The following facts highlight the general state of New York City's economy and underscore the growing need for employment and housing opportunities for the City's middle class.
• The City's private sector added 357,000 jobs since 2003. In 2012 the total number of private sector jobs passed 3.3 million, 80,000 more than the 1969 employment peak (NYS Department of Labor). The only way to sustain this job growth is to continue policies that encourage the city's businesses to hire local residents.
• Over a one-year period ending in April 2013, the City's unemployment rate dropped 100 basis points to 8.4 percent, still 100 basis points higher than the rest of the State and 90 basis points higher than the country as a whole (NYS Department of Labor). If New York hopes to retain talented young people to help the city continue to thrive, the City must create a business environment that fosters more job creation.
• Unlike other wage groups that began to recover in 2010, the City lost 101,180 mid-wage ($35,000-$75,000) jobs between 2008 and 2011 (PFNYC NYC Jobs Blueprint). Without policies that encourage more mid-wage job growth, the City will be in danger of losing its strong middle class.
• For the last 50 years, New York City has been experiencing a housing emergency as the citywide vacancy rate has stayed below 5 percent since it was first recorded in the 1960s (HPD Housing Vacancy Surveys). And the number of completed housing units throughout the City dropped by 64.16 percent from the 2007 high to just under 9,455 units in 2012 (NYC Rent Guidelines Board 2013 Housing Supply Report). New York City needs to strengthen the local housing market and create more affordable housing options, especially as the population continues to grow.
• Since 2008, the City's permit issuance for residential construction dropped by 69.53 percent to approximately 10,330 permits in 2012 (NYC Rent Guidelines Board 2013 Housing Supply Report). Rental affordability in the City declined dramatically in the past decade, with the number of households paying unaffordable rents growing from 41 percent to nearly 50 percent (PFNYC NYC Jobs Blueprint). The City needs to reverse these trends so that middle class New Yorkers have more housing options available to them and are not squeezed out of the City.
• Almost half of the middle class (households earning $35,000-$75,000) cannot afford the median rent in the City, which was $1,300 in 2010, without paying an unaffordable amount of their income (more than 30 percent). Similarly, given the City's $775,000 average sales prices for housing in 2012, the middle class is also being priced out of home ownership in the City as well (PFNYC NYC Jobs Blueprint). We must increase the standard of living for these New Yorkers by pursuing policies that enable these communities to succeed and join the middle class.
The most important thing to us is building a future for New York City.
To get the latest updates on promoting opportunity for middle class New Yorkers, follow Jobs for New York's efforts in the news:
June 23, 2013
Many voters have yet to tune in to the mayor's race, let alone the two dozen competitive contests for City Council seats. But a newly formed pro-business, pro-development political action committee will nonetheless roll out its first endorsements...
June 6, 2013
Four years ago, the Working Families Party knocked on 227,928 doors, talked to 62,112 voters and deployed 350 workers on primary election day in New York. The results were impressive...
The Real Deal
May 31, 2013
Real estate developers, property owners, investment firms, banks and insurance companies have pledged $10 million to a political action committee that will give to pro-development candidates for New York City Council, the New York Times reported...
May 31, 2013
An organization comprised of real estate owners, developers, banks and investment firms will spend as much as $10 million toward ensuring a future City Council that is hospitable toward the industry...
May 31, 2013
A coalition of business and real estate interests planning to spend $10 million to influence this year's City Council races has recruited a veteran of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns to help lead its field effort...
New York Times
May 20, 2013
The only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action...
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