Unshackle Upstate: Jobs numbers show ‘stark differences’

The Department of Labor’s jobs reported released Thursday finding the bulk of growth in the New York City area is a cause for concern among upstate communities, the business-backed Unshackle Upstate said in a statement.

“Today’s report from the Department of Labor is another sad reminder of the stark differences between the Upstate and Downstate economies,” said the group’s executive director, Michael Kracker.

“Of the roughly 100,000 new jobs created in New York in 2018, more than 90 percent were created in the New York City region. As the state budget negotiations move forward, these numbers should be a red flag for anyone proposing higher taxes or additional burdens on job growth. The impacts of an expanded prevailing wage mandate, new energy taxes and other anti-growth measures will hurt Upstate taxpayers and should be flatly rejected.”

The report found New York’s overall unemployment rate was at a record low in 2018, 4.1 percent. The jobless rate in January was reported to be at 3.9 percent.

Economists have pointed to the population and jobs surge in the downstate region, while other parts of the state have struggled since the 2008 recession.

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