Below are key findings of the impact of the recession on employment in New York City by the separate categories of gender, age, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment levels:
The largest increase in the unemployment rate occurred among working-age black menÂtheir rate jumped from 9 percent in 2006 to 17.9 percent in 2009, effectively double for an increase of nearly 9 percentage points.
The highest unemployment rate in 2009 was among men ages 16Â24 yearsÂtheir unemployment rate hit 24.6 percent that year.
The largest decline in the labor force participation rate (though still
relatively modest) occurred among men ages 16Â24 yearsÂtheir rate
decreased from 43 percent in 2006 to 40 percent in 2009.
The lowest labor force participation rate in 2009 was among women
without a high school or equivalent diplomaÂ28 percent. This group also
had the lowest labor force participation level in 2006, at 30 percent.
In 2009, while men ages 55Â64 years had the longest average spell of unemployment, approximately 39 weeks, blacks had the highest percentage of those who had been unemployed for more than a year.
Nearly 40 percent
of black New Yorkers who had held a job previously were unemployed for
more than 12 months during the recession and early recovery. Overall,
the average spell of unemployment during the recession/early recovery
period was 29 weeks (just over 6 months).
The group with the lowest unemployment rate during the recession/early
recovery was Asian women 55Â64 years of age; their unemployment rate in
2009 was 4.5 percent, in spite of the fact that this group did not have
the lowest unemployment rate of all demographic groups in 2006 (women
with a bachelorÂs degree or higher didÂtheir unemployment rate was 2.3
percent in 2006).
Finally, in taking a look at the recessionÂs effect with respect to the combined categories of age, gender, and race/ethnicity, it appears that young black men ages 16Â24 suffered the biggest negative impact in terms of their position in the cityÂs labor market.
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December 21, 2010