New York City Labor Market Information Service
From Data to Information to Intelligence
New York City’s policy makers and practitioners engaged in workforce development, education, and economic development operate within a dynamic and complex labor market. The New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS) develops research and tools that help them make sense of the labor market and make informed decisions that benefit their constituents and the City’s economy.
Recent Jobs Reports
March 2013 Jobs Report for Education and Workforce Providers (issued 04/19/2013)
April 2013 REAL-TIME Jobs Report (issued 04/10/2013)
Contents of this Page
Labor Market Information Tools
Advisory Board Members
Funders and Partners: Past and Present
This report, prepared for Deputy Mayors Linda Gibbs and Robert Steel, and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott's Workforce Collaborative, answers questions including: What makes the industry tick? What kinds of jobs exist within the industry? What do the jobs pay? What type of education and experience is needed to land a job? and How do hoteliers recruit and hire their workforce? The report features "real-time" labor market information, interviews with some of New York City's top employers, the Hotel & Motel Trades Council, the labor union representing the majority of hotel workers, and several education providers. It also includes "spotlights" on seven of the most common jobs in the industry: cooks, guest service agents, janitors, lodging managers, maintenance workers, room attendants and security guards. Report materials are available below: the executive summary only, occupational profiles only, or the report in its entirety.Full Report [pdf
Executive Summary [pdf]
Occupational Profiles [pdf]
Real-time labor market information (LMI) comes from the daily scraping or spidering of public and private online job boards and the organization of the resulting data into searchable databases. Real-time LMI t is a relative newcomer to labor market research. In workforce development and educational programming, real-time LMI fills an unmet need for current and geographically specific information about employer demand, as well as occupational and skill needs in the labor market. Although useful in its own right, its relationship to actual hiring activity is unclear. NYCLMIS analyzed the relationship between online job ad volume and new hires in New York City and is issuing the results in its research brief Do Online Job Ads Predict Hiring?
The State of the Unions 2012: A Profile of Organized Labor in New York City, New York State, and the United States (September 2012)
The third in an annual series of reports on trends in organized labor, the 2012 report highlights its declining presence in the private sector in New York City and the growing gap between private and public sector unionization rates. The study also views the effects of job loss during the recession on union density, and identifies industries that have and have not contributed to labor’s decreasing numbers. Third in an annual series, the study looks in particular detail at variations in unionization rates among immigrants, as well as unionization patterns by race, age, sex and industry in the City, State and nation. The report, co-authored by Ruth Milkman and Laura Braslow, is a joint publication of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, the CUNY Center for Urban Research and the New York City Labor Market Information Service at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Link to the 2012 State of the Unions here [PDF].
Link to the 2011 State of the Unions here [PDF].
Link to the 2010 State of the Unions here [PDF].
Jobs for New York's Future Report of the City University of New York's Jobs Task Force (June 2012)
As New York City’s public university, The City University of New York (CUNY) has a special responsibility to educate a workforce that will build the city’s economy in the decades ahead. To ensure that CUNY is preparing graduates who can sustain New York City’s global leadership, the University must continually assess key sector needs and review its own academic programs and its approach to helping students secure work. To that end, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein formed a Jobs Task Force in the fall of 2011 to examine industry and labor force trends in several industry sectors that are of strategic importance to the University and New York City’s economy including: finance, insurance, and accounting; health care; higher education; information technology (IT); and media and advertising. Chancellor Goldstein asked the task force to answer the following key questions: What current jobs requiring a college degree are difficult to fill? What are the jobs and skills of the future that require a college degree? How can CUNY and other institutions of higher education better prepare students for the labor market today and in the future? The New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS) worked with CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs to conduct the study which included analysis of labor market information, interviews with industry experts, and analysis of relevant literature. The resulting report, Jobs for New York’s Future, presents overarching themes, industry-specific findings, and recommendations made by the interviewed industry experts, as well as next steps recommended by the task force itself.
One System for One City: State of the New York City Workforce System, FY 2011
New York City’s Deputy Mayors Linda Gibbs and Robert Steel and Chancellor Dennis Walcott released the 2nd Annual State of the New York City Workforce System: One System for One City . This report summarizes the City’s efforts to serve the employers and jobseekers during Fiscal Year 2011. Like its predecessor, it collates information across all City-run workforce programs, including work-related education, job training and employment services. Its purpose is to provide policymakers and the general public with information on the content of New York City’s workforce development programs, the customers they are serving, and how effectively they are doing so in the context of the current labor market. The report is itself a collaborative project among education and workforce, education, and economic development agencies. In its capacity as consultant to the citywide workforce collaborative, the NYCLMIS conducted labor market analyses (sections 2 and 3) which provides the context from which to view the City’s many programs and services.
New York State Green Jobs Study: Full State Report (November 2011)
Where are New York City’s green jobs and what skills do people need to get hired? With its partners - the New York State Department of Labor, the Advanced Energy Research Center at Stony Brook University, and the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - NYCLMIS completed a groundbreaking study to answer these questions. The study rigorously measured employer demand for green jobs and the capacity of current educational and training offerings to prepare the labor supply in New York State. It focused on green economic activity in four industry clusters: construction, component manufacturing, professional services (except legal services), and building services.
The project was supported by the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. NYCLMIS received additional support from CUNY’s Office of Adult and Continuing Education and the New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and worked closely with the the New York City Employment and Training Coalition in undertaking the study. On behalf of its partners, NYCLMIS compiled the final report available in full or by chapter below.
Download the Full Report here [coming soon]
Chapter 2. Statewide Findings [coming soon]
Chapter 7. Findings About Education and Training Opportunities
B. Architecture and Engineering
C. Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations
D. Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
E. Life, Physical and Social Science Occupations
F. Production Occupations
G. Miscellaneous "Green" Occupations and Job Families
Appendix A. Detailed Description of Sampling and Data Collection [pdf]
Appendix B. Industries Included in the Study [pdf]Also see the Green Occupational Spotlights below, under Labor Market Information Tools
One System for One City: The State of the New York City Workforce Report, FY 2010 (May 2011)
“One System for One City,” the first annual report on New York City’s menu of workforce development services, offers a comprehensive picture of publicly funded and administered employment, training and workforce education programs in New York City, including demographic information on customers served as well as a complete program inventory. The report features an analysis of labor market opportunities and challenges conducted by the NYCLMIS.Link to the press release here [PDF].
Link to the full report here [PDF].
Introduction to New York City Green Jobs (May 2010)
Jobseekers and workforce providers need more concrete information to navigate the new and evolving green economy. Policy makers need to anticipate and fund the right amount of relevant training for incumbent, new, and dislocated workers in green occupations. The NYCLMIS' Introduction to New York City Green Jobs attempts to provide this information. The report defines the green economy, identifies local industries that are most closely involved in it, defines green jobs, distinguishes new jobs from old jobs that require new skills, gives examples of green jobs likely to grow in New York City, and outlines the major factors that will affect the future demand for green jobs.
A great deal remains to be known about the prospect for green jobs in New York City. In the final section, the report describes a study being undertaken by the NYCLMIS. The study will assess the nature and extent of employer demand for green jobs and the supply of educational and training opportunities in New York City.
Link to the Introduction to New York City Green Jobs here.
Green Collar Training & Workforce Development Conference Materials (July 2009) PowerPoint presentation and data handouts containing the long-term outlook for occupations in selected green sectors in New York City. These materials were developed for and presented to over 100 workforce development providers at a meeting that was co-sponsored by the NYC Workforce Investment Board, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and the Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability on July 22, 2009.Presentation: NYCLMIS at Green Collar Training & Workforce Development [PDF]
Industry Group Profiles (May 2009). Profiles of nine industry groups previously identified iby the NYCLMIS as important to the local labor market and public workforce system in its report Gauging Employment Prospects in New York City, 2009 (below). The profiles contain information about job and wage trends, largest local employers, employment retention during previous recessions, occupational opportunities, and workforce facts. The information can be used by workforce development professionals for business development, job placement, career counseling, and curriculum planning. Jobseekers can also use the information contained in the profiles to help make career decisions.
Gauging Employment Prospects in New York City, 2009 (February 2009) is a systematic assessment of New York City’s labor market intended for use by the policymakers and providers of the city's workforce development system. In the report, the NYCLMIS examines the largest employment industries according to five criteria relevant to placing jobseekers – employment trends, wage level trends, access for people with less than a four-year college degree, performance during previous recessions, and exposure to the financial services industries. Findings are presented for each set of assessment measures, and then in combination, to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of key industry groups. The report identifies home health care, individual and family services, colleges and universities, doctor's offices, and grocery stores as the most all-around resilient industry groups in 2009.
Employment in New York City’s Transportation Sector (September 2008) is a comprehensive examination of the status and economic importance of four strategic transportation subsectors and their role as sources of jobs for the customers of the city’s public workforce system: air, truck, transit and ground passenger, and support activities for transportation. In addition to examining the respective subsectors’ roles in the metropolitan economy and major trends that influence their labor market needs, the report includes analysis of employment and wage trends, occupations and advancement pathways, and current workforce demographics. The NYCLMIS has also issued four shorter companion pieces to inform workforce professionals’ business development, job placement, and training activities in each of the four subsectors and help jobseekers with career decision-making. The four user-friendly subsector profiles are available here [in PDF format]:
Transit and ground passenger transportation; and
Support activities for transportation.
2. Labor Market Information Tools
The NYCLMIS strives to create research and tools that are usable by a broad range of users in the workforce development world - including jobseekers, career advisors, account executives, researchers, agency staff and policy makers. The purpose of the tools is to help workforce development stakeholders to collect and use information in their day-to-day lives and strategic decision-making.
Occupational Real-Time Labor Market Information Reports (Quarterly - Last Updated Jan 14, 2013)
NYCLMIS is partnering with Kingsborough Community College, CUNY Central Office, and seven other CUNY Campuses on the CUNY CareerPATH Initiative supported by the United States Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The goal of the project is to help prepare people formerly working in industries affected by job off-shoring for meaningful work in higher growth occupations and industries. CUNY CareerPATH provides adult and continuing education to individuals in the health care, education, green and advanced manufacturing, and accommodation and food services sectors, as well as in business start-up (entrepreneurialism). As part of its work, NYCLMIS prepares quarterly real time labor market information reports to that helps the program managers, job developers, career counselors, and the students themselves to:
· Identify which employers are searching for candidates;
· Understand overall and seasonal hiring trends;
· Locate where in the Metro area are the job openings;
· Identify the skills, tools, and technologies in demand; and
· See actual job ads.
Click on the links below to download one or more of the most recent REAL TIME occupation reports prepared for CUNY CareerPATH!
Green Occupational Spotlights (November 2011)
In collaboration with the New York State Department of Labor, the NYCLMIS prepared profiles of 10 of occupations found in the state's green economy. The profiles were produced as part of the larger Statewide Green Jobs Study. The occupations are (in separate [PDF] files):
2000-2010 Job and Wage Trends in New York City by Sector (Excel): This tool contains charts and data that demonstrate job and wage trends in New York City's labor market by sector and subsector.
2010-2020 Occupational Projections for NYC (Excel): This tool contains a summary of the New York State Department of Labor’s most recent employment projections and current wage information for all occupations in New York City.
Useful LMI Resources for NYC (PDF): This tool contains links to labor market information tools (jobseekers, career advisors, and account managers) such as career exploration tools, job counts, occupational projections, and reports on special topics.
Key Terms and Definitions in Labor Market Analysis: This tool defines some key classification terms used in labor market analysis.
How To Find and Download Business Lists: This tool provides step-by-step instructions for determining which businesses you want to identify and downloading business lists from InfoUSA or Dun & Bradstreet's proprietary databases for free at the New York Public Library.
Introduction to Labor Market Information Workshops and Materials
The NYCLMIS periodically conducts workshops with workforce providers to help them use publicly available labor market information to inform their strategic planning and daily practice. Here, you can link to a sample of the handouts and PowerPoint presentation used in a half-day workshop with the CUNY Adult and Continuing Education Deans and Directors group on January 20, 2010 at the Graduate Center.
Detailed Occupation Profiles 10 Transportation Occupations
Considering a number of criteria including number of jobs, rate of growth, comparatively low educational requirements, and good wage levels, the NYCLMIS has selected ten occupations in the transportation sector for consideration by workforce development professionals and created a detailed occupational profile for each. Workforce professionals can use them to inform and refine their career advising and job-matching activities. Jobseekers themselves can use them profiles to better understand occupations in the transportation sector and determine their own interest and compatibility. Each profile includes information about: wages and employment trends, job characteristics, employee characteristics and qualifications (including required education, training and/or licensing), the abilities and skills necessary to be successful in the occupation, as well as a list of related occupations. The detailed occupation profiles - excerpted from the longer report, Employment in New York City's Transportation Sector, are below:
3. Strategic Analyses
Geographic Analysis for Workforce1 Expansion Centers (January 2011)
The New York City Department of Small Businesses asked the NYCLMIS to perform geographic analyses that would inform the placement of 10 new Workforce1 Expansion Center. NYCLMIS mapped concentrations of service - people served and placed in jobs by the City's Workforce1 Career and Sector Centers - and need - individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance(using aggregate records obtained from the New York State Department of Labor). The results showed an overall alignment of service to need, even at the peak of the recession and identified strategic locations where additional sites could further improve service.
In Demand Occupations List (January 2010)
Section 134(d) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) requires administering agencies to provide information about in-demand occupations to jobseekers at one-stop centers to guide their career decision-making and use occupational information to determine eligibility for Individual Training Grants in New York City. At the request of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and the New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB), NYCLMIS reviewed the methods in current use and recommended a revised methodology. This work was performed in the latter half of 2009 and the revised method was formally adopted by the WIB. The method is outlined in the attached summary. Also attached is the complete list of the new in-demand occupations.
Methods Summary: Summary of In-Demand Occupations Analysis for NYC Department of SBS
In-Demand Occupations List: Printable table of in-demand occupations
4. Current Projects
Employment in New York City's Hotel Industry
Aging Industries in New York City
Career Pathways and Real-Time LMI for the CUNY CareerPath Initiative
Labor Market Intelligence on Allied Health Professions for Borough of Manhattan Community College
Gregg Betheil, Executive Director, Office of School Programs and Partnerships, NYC Department of Education
Virginia Cruickshank, Senior Vice President, Employment, Career and Workforce Development, F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System
Michael Dardia, Deputy Director, NYC Office of Management and Budget
Blake Walters-Foote, unaffiliated (former Director, Workforce Investment Board)
Dale Grant, President, Grant Associates
Mark A. Levitan, Director of Poverty Research, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
Sheila Maguire, Senior Vice President, Program Effectiveness, Public/Private Ventures
Jeanette Nigro, Vice President, Economic Development, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Ed Ott, Distinguished Lecturer, Labor Studies, Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies
James A. Riccio, Director, Low-Wage Workers and Communities, MDRC
Rae Rosen, Senior Economist and Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Suri Duitch, Associate Dean, Deputy to the Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs, City University of New York
David Fischer, Senior Director of Career and Technical Education, New York City Department of Education
Lea Kilraine, Director, Strategic Initiatives, NYC Workforce Investment Board
John H. Mollenkopf, Director, Center for Urban Research, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, City University of New York Graduate Center
Shayne Spaulding, Director, Workforce Initiatives, City University of New York
6. Funders and Partners: Past and Present
City University of New York Workforce Development Initiative
City University of New York, Kingsborough Community College and Central Office
City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Fund for the City of New York (as agent to the Workforce Professionals Training Institute)
New York City Department of Education
New York City Department of Small Business Services
New York City Economic Development Corporation, Center for Economic Transformation
New York State Department of Labor, LMI Improvement Grant (Green Jobs Study)
- University Transportation Research Center - Region 2, City College, City University of New York
7. Contact Us
NYC Labor Market Information Service
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 6202
New York, NY 10016