The State of the Unions 2013: A Profile of Organized Labor in New York City, New York State, and the United States (September 2013)
The fourth in an annual series of reports on trends in organized labor, the 2013 report highlights its declining presence in the private sector in New York City and the growing gap between private and public sector unionization rates. Among the report’s most interesting findings is the distinctive profile of New York City's union members, who are more likely to be Black, Latino, or female than is the case elsewhere in the nation. Although the popular stereotype of a union member is a white male wearing a hardhat, in the city only 18 percent of all union members are white men. Fully 60 percent of union members in New York City are Black or Latino, much higher than in the rest of New York State, where the figure is only 16 percent, and also in contrast to the nation as a whole, where it is 27 percent. The report was co-authored by Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce both of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.
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New York City's Traveler Accommodation Industry: A Guide for Education and Workforce Professionals (March 2013)
This report, prepared for Deputy Mayors Linda Gibbs and Robert Steel, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott's Workforce Collaborative, answers questions including: What makes the industry tick? What kinds of jobs exist within the industry? What do the jobs pay? What type of education and experience is needed to land a job? and How do hoteliers recruit and hire their workforce? The report features "real-time" labor market information, interviews with some of New York City's top employers, the Hotel & Motel Trades Council, the labor union representing the majority of hotel workers, and several education providers. It also includes "spotlights" on seven of the most common jobs in the industry: cooks, guest service agents, janitors, lodging managers, maintenance workers, room attendants and security guards. Report materials are available below: the executive summary only, occupational profiles only, or the report in its entirety.
Full Report [PDF]
Executive Summary [PDF]
Occupational Profiles [PDF]
RESEARCH BRIEF: Do Online Ads Predict Hiring? (February 2013)
Real-time labor market information (LMI) comes from the daily scraping or spidering of public and private online job boards and the organization of the resulting data into searchable databases. Real-time LMI t is a relative newcomer to labor market research. In workforce development and educational programming, real-time LMI fills an unmet need for current and geographically specific information about employer demand, as well as occupational and skill needs in the labor market. Although useful in its own right, its relationship to actual hiring activity is unclear. NYCLMIS analyzed the relationship between online job ad volume and new hires in New York City and is issuing the results in its research brief Do Online Job Ads Predict Hiring?
Jobs for New York's Future Report of the City University of New York's Jobs Task Force (June 2012)
As New York City’s public university, The City University of New York (CUNY) has a special responsibility to educate a workforce that will build the city’s economy in the decades ahead. To ensure that CUNY is preparing graduates who can sustain New York City’s global leadership, the University must continually assess key sector needs and review its own academic programs and its approach to helping students secure work. To that end, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein formed a Jobs Task Force in the fall of 2011 to examine industry and labor force trends in several industry sectors that are of strategic importance to the University and New York City’s economy including: finance, insurance, and accounting; health care; higher education; information technology (IT); and media and advertising. Chancellor Goldstein asked the task force to answer the following key questions: What current jobs requiring a college degree are difficult to fill? What are the jobs and skills of the future that require a college degree? How can CUNY and other institutions of higher education better prepare students for the labor market today and in the future? The New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS) worked with CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs to conduct the study which included analysis of labor market information, interviews with industry experts, and analysis of relevant literature. The resulting report, Jobs for New York’s Future, presents overarching themes, industry-specific findings, and recommendations made by the interviewed industry experts, as well as next steps recommended by the task force it Jobs-Task-Force self.
One System for One City: State of the New York City Workforce System, FY 2011
New York City’s Deputy Mayors Linda Gibbs and Robert Steel and Chancellor Dennis Walcott released the 2nd Annual State of the New York City Workforce System: One System for One City . This report summarizes the City’s efforts to serve the employers and jobseekers during Fiscal Year 2011. Like its predecessor, it collates information across all City-run workforce programs, including work-related education, job training and employment services. Its purpose is to provide policymakers and the general public with information on the content of New York City’s workforce development programs, the customers they are serving, and how effectively they are doing so in the context of the current labor market. The report is itself a collaborative project among education and workforce, education, and economic development agencies. In its capacity as consultant to the citywide workforce collaborative, the NYCLMIS conducted labor market analyses (sections 2 and 3) which provides the context from which to view the City’s many programs and services.
New York State Green Jobs Study: Full State Report (November 2011)
Where are New York City’s green jobs and what skills do people need to get hired? With its partners - the New York State Department of Labor, the Advanced Energy Research Center at Stony Brook University, and the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - NYCLMIS completed a groundbreaking study to answer these questions. The study rigorously measured employer demand for green jobs and the capacity of current educational and training offerings to prepare the labor supply in New York State. It focused on green economic activity in four industry clusters: construction, component manufacturing, professional services (except legal services), and building services.
The project was supported by the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. NYCLMIS received additional support from CUNY’s Office of Adult and Continuing Education and the New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and worked closely with the the New York City Employment and Training Coalition in undertaking the study. On behalf of its partners, NYCLMIS compiled the final report available in full or by chapter below.
Summary of Key Findings - New York City [PDF]
Summary of Key Findings - New York State [PDF]
Download the Full Report here [coming soon]
Chapter 1. Introduction and Methodology [PDF]
Chapter 2. Statewide Findings [coming soon]
Chapter 3. Employer Demand in Green Construction [PDF]
Chapter 4. Employer Demand in Professional Services [PDF]
Chapter 5. Employer Demand in Green Building Services [PDF]
Chapter 6. Employer Demand in Green Component Manufacturing [PDF]
Chapter 7. Findings About Education and Training Opportunities
A. Construction and Extraction Occupations [PDF]
B. Architecture and Engineering [PDF]
C. Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations [PDF]
D. Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
E. Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations
F. Production Occupations
G. Miscellaneous "Green" Occupations and Job Families
Appendix A. Detailed Description of Sampling and Data Collection [PDF]
Appendix B. Industries Included in the Study [PDF]
Also see the Green Occupational Spotlights below, under Labor Market Information Tools.
One System for One City: The State of the New York City Workforce Report, FY 2010 (May 2011)
“One System for One City,” the first annual report on New York City’s menu of workforce development services, offers a comprehensive picture of publicly funded and administered employment, training and workforce education programs in New York City, including demographic information on customers served as well as a complete program inventory. The report features an analysis of labor market opportunities and challenges conducted by the NYCLMIS.
Introduction to New York City Green Jobs (May 2010)
Jobseekers and workforce providers need more concrete information to navigate the new and evolving green economy. Policy makers need to anticipate and fund the right amount of relevant training for incumbent, new, and dislocated workers in green occupations. The NYCLMIS' Introduction to New York City Green Jobs attempts to provide this information. The report defines the green economy, identifies local industries that are most closely involved in it, defines green jobs, distinguishes new jobs from old jobs that require new skills, gives examples of green jobs likely to grow in New York City, and outlines the major factors that will affect the future demand for green jobs.
A great deal remains to be known about the prospect for green jobs in New York City. In the final section, the report describes a study being undertaken by the NYCLMIS. The study will assess the nature and extent of employer demand for green jobs and the supply of educational and training opportunities in New York City.
Green Collar Training & Workforce Development Conference Materials (July 2009) PowerPoint presentation and data handouts containing the long-term outlook for occupations in selected green sectors in New York City. These materials were developed for and presented to over 100 workforce development providers at a meeting that was co-sponsored by the NYC Workforce Investment Board, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability on July 22, 2009.
Industry Group Profiles (May 2009). Profiles of nine industry groups previously identified iby the NYCLMIS as important to the local labor market and public workforce system in its report Gauging Employment Prospects in New York City, 2009 (below). The profiles contain information about job and wage trends, largest local employers, employment retention during previous recessions, occupational opportunities, and workforce facts. The information can be used by workforce development professionals for business development, job placement, career counseling, and curriculum planning. Jobseekers can also use the information contained in the profiles to help make career decisions.
Gauging Employment Prospects in New York City, 2009 (February 2009) is a systematic assessment of New York City’s labor market intended for use by the policymakers and providers of the city's workforce development system. In the report, the NYCLMIS examines the largest employment industries according to five criteria relevant to placing jobseekers – employment trends, wage level trends, access for people with less than a four-year college degree, performance during previous recessions, and exposure to the financial services industries. Findings are presented for each set of assessment measures, and then in combination, to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of key industry groups. The report identifies home health care, individual and family services, colleges and universities, doctor's offices, and grocery stores as the most all-around resilient industry groups in 2009.
Employment in New York City’s Transportation Sector (September 2008) is a comprehensive examination of the status and economic importance of four strategic transportation subsectors and their role as sources of jobs for the customers of the city’s public workforce system: air, truck, transit and ground passenger, and support activities for transportation. In addition to examining the respective subsectors’ roles in the metropolitan economy and major trends that influence their labor market needs, the report includes analysis of employment and wage trends, occupations and advancement pathways, and current workforce demographics. The NYCLMIS has also issued four shorter companion pieces to inform workforce professionals’ business development, job placement, and training activities in each of the four subsectors and help jobseekers with career decision-making. The four user-friendly subsector profiles are available here [in PDF format]: