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Mapping the Geography of Jobs and Around New York City

The geography of work in New York City must include an analysis of the larger region, according to a new report from the New York City Department of City Planning.
October 31, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The New York City Department of City Planning (NYC Planning) recently released a report that maps jobs in the larger region, committing to a narrative that connects the planning challenges faced by the numerous independent authorities in the region.

From the report:

Recognizing that the health of NYC’s economy is highly interconnected to the performance of the Region, the NYC Department of City Planning’s Second Edition of this report examines employment, labor force, and housing patterns from 2000 to today, with a focus on annual change and the differences between pre- and post-Great Recession change. This report examines recent economic changes at a “subregional” scale, looking at the relationships among NYC, northern New Jersey (“North NJ”), Long Island, southwest Connecticut (“Connecticut”), and the Hudson Valley.

The report includes four "insights":

  1. Employment growth continued to concentrate in NYC and job gains in all five boroughs drove the Region’s growth after the Great Recession. Though job growth slowed in the last few years, NYC continued to outpace all other parts of the Region.
  2. The Region experienced varied growth across sectors. Office gains—the highest value employment—concentrated in NYC, while institutional sectors served as the largest source of employment and wage growth elsewhere in the Region. Industrial and local services sectors supported economic gains after the Great Recession, but that growth is slowing.
  3. NYC gained young workers, while the rest of the Region’s labor force is aging. NYC and North NJ account for most of the Region’s new housing development, particularly post-Great Recession. Areas gaining labor force correlate with areas adding housing.
  4. Shifts in the geography of job growth, housing production, and resident labor force change are tipping the balance of employment and housing within the Region, with implications for affordability, commuting patterns, and transportation infrastructure.

The "insights" function as chapters in the report, so a lot of data and infographics are provided to back up each of those claims.

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Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in NYC Planning
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