Jobs on the rise since de Blasio became mayor

February 3, 2016 Anna Spivak
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Brooklyn jobs are on the rise.

According to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), every borough outside of Manhattan has seen a significant increase in job growth since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office.

The noteworthy numbers: A 6.4 percent increase in the outer boroughs, and a 7.7 percent increase (the most of any borough) in Brooklyn from 2013 to 2015.

“What we’re seeing is the result of Mayor de Blasio’s focus on growing jobs in every borough,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “More and more New Yorkers are able to access good jobs right in their own neighborhoods. And as we continue to invest in industries like technology and manufacturing, we expect to see this trend continue.”

According to a job data analysis done by NYCEDC, during the first 18 months of the de Blasio administration, private sector jobs in boroughs outside of Manhattan far surpassed Manhattan’s 2.9 percent increase.

The research attributed the steady job growth in these boroughs—Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx—to gains in the health care and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services, and accommodation and food services industries.

The de Blasio administration’s role in these growing sectors includes the launch of the $150 million NYC Early Stage Life Sciences Funding Initiative, the creation of the first ever all-inclusive online hub for the city’s tech ecosystem (Digital.NYC), and the Food Business Pathways program—providing NYCHA residents with the tools and knowledge needed to start a food business, according to NYCEDC.

“We are confronting inequality in every way we can, and the changes we are putting in place today will be a cornerstone of our broader efforts,” said de Blasio. “By better training New Yorkers for good-paying jobs and moving them to the front of the hiring line when we spend city dollars, we’re investing in the economic success of working families and our economy as a whole.”

Total jobs within all five boroughs reached an all-time high of 4.2 million this winter, according to NYCEDC. In addition, the city’s unemployment rate is down—decreasing 3.1 percentage points since de Blasio took office.

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