Tag: Economy

Gov. Cuomo’s ads trumpet the claim that “New York is open for business.” They also say New York “is ranked No. 2 in the nation in new, private-sector job ­creation.” A closer looks tells a different story. According to the latest state data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, last year New York’s economic growth ranked 46 out of 50 states. At 0.7 percent, it amounted to less than half the national average. Read More

The growth prospects for New York’s metropolitan areas between 2013 and 2020 range from dismal upstate to mediocre downstate, according to a study issued by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Read More

New York's economy grew more slowly than those of all but four other states in 2013, the latest federal data show. The real GDP numbers are consistent with job-creation data, which also show the Empire State to be lagging well behind the U.S. as a whole. Read More

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who already signed into law one increase in New York’s statewide minimum wage, has agreed to support raising the minimum another notch and giving localities the discretion to go even higher — all reportedly as a condition for receiving the endorsement of the labor union-dominated Working Families Party (WFP). Read More

"Uneven growth" in U.S. factory jobs since the recession is the subject of a front-page article in today's Wall Street Journal--and upstate New York is featured as a prime example of a region left behind by the positive trend. Read More

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