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:
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