JobsFirstNYC Publications

Now Hiring (2012)

This is a Center for an Urban Future publication that was commissioned and fully funded by JobsFirstNYC.



In 2006, an influential report by the Center for an Urban Future (CUF), Chance of a Lifetime, first highlighted the opportunities for disengaged young New Yorkers expected to be created by the mass retirement of the Baby Boom generation over the next few decades. (Some 64 million workers nationally—four in every ten American workers—are currently eligible for retirement.) The report found that some of the most significant shortages will be felt in occupations that require less than a four-year college degree, such as automotive maintenance, construction, nursing and aviation.

So how has that prediction held up? In light of the significant changes in the economic landscape in the past six years – advancing technology that continues to eliminate and create jobs at a rapid pace, demographic shifts and national healthcare reform that promise to greatly increase the number of people seeking regular medical care, the lingering global downturn that has forced businesses to retrench and older workers to postpone retirement, to name but a few – JobsFirstNYC asked CUF to revisit and update its 2006 findings. Now Hiring, the result of that review, finds several promising trends for low-skill, low-income workers in the New York City labor market:

  • 26 occupations covering seven economic sectors—office/administrative, healthcare, property maintenance, transportation, telecommunications/utilities, retail and hospitality—that young adults can realistically fill are expected to produce 26,000 openings a year for much of the next decade.
  • 16 of the highlighted occupations do not require a high school degree or high-school-equivalency degree.  The remaining occupations require no more than a high school diploma or high-school-equivalency degree and no more than six months of additional training.
  • Each of the occupations highlighted pay a median wage of least $25,000 a year, or can directly lead to a position paying at that level. In many fields, wages rise significantly as workers move up the career ladder.

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