Amid Tough Times, New York Remains Resilient
"New York's housing prices are doing remarkably well relative to elsewhere in America."
"Today's Case-Shiller housing price figures indicate that New York City's prices dropped 7.5 percent in the last year, while prices in Los Angeles declined 27.9 percent. Nationwide prices dropped 18 percent. New York is the only major metropolitan area with prices that are still 90 percent above prices in January 2000. According to National Association of Realtors data, New York is the only city in the continental United States, outside of San Francisco Bay, where median sales prices remain north of $500,000."
"Despite Wall Street's suffering, the New York area's unemployment rate, 5.6 percent in the latest figures, is lower than that in many other major cities. The comparable unemployment rate for Los Angeles is 8.2 percent. The comparable number for Chicago is 6.4 percent."