COVID-19 Economic Update is a bi-weekly column prepared by economist James Parrott of the Center for New York City Affairs (CNYCA) at The New School, whose research is supported by the Consortium for Worker Education and the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund. Read past installments here.
The latest data on initial unemployment claims for regular State unemployment insurance released on October 8 show that new claims by New York City residents for the last four weeks averaged 39,000 per week, nearly 12 percent greater than for the previous four-week period. While the September payroll jobs data that will be released October 15 may show another slight increase in payroll jobs, the total number of New York City jobs will remain far below the pre-pandemic level. Through October 3, the total number of city residents receiving unemployment benefits continued in the 1.3-1.4 million range.
As essential as weekly unemployment benefits are, they are not sufficient to avert a worrisome rise in economic distress. Since late April, the U.S. Census Bureau has conducted weekly or bi-weekly surveys of households to gauge the economic and health effects of the pandemic. These surveys document the severity of economic hardships by state and large metropolitan area. As the chart below shows, for the New York metropolitan area from mid-July to late September, 16.1 percent of households reported that they often or sometimes did not have enough to eat over the prior seven days, and 23.5 percent of renter households reported that they were not caught up on the previous month’s rent. The chart shows that Black and Latinx households have much higher rates of food and housing insecurity and Asian households are experiencing considerable housing insecurity. Nearly a third of households with incomes below $50,000 are food and housing insecure.
Source: U.S. Census, Household Pulse Surveys, weeks 12-15, Jul 16-Sept. 28; data on SNAP benefits for weeks 13-15 only.
The Census data also show that receiving unemployment benefits or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP, previously known as food stamps) is not sufficient to avert food or housing insecurity. For example, 24.1 percent of those receiving unemployment benefits did not have enough to eat during the previous week, and 28.8 percent of those receiving jobless payments were behind on rent.
The extended economic expansion in the years just prior to the onset of the pandemic saw a generally steady or declining trend in the number of New York City households relying on public income assistance, SNAP, and Medicaid. (Before the pandemic, the number of city residents enrolled in Medicaid was high, but it had been holding steady in recent years and the high level helped reduce the city’s uninsured population.)
This trend has now dramatically reversed. Between February and July, the city’s public assistance rolls rose by 19.1 percent, and the number of residents receiving SNAP benefits grew by 12.4 percent. Also, nearly 312,000 additional New York City residents enrolled in Medicaid between February and August. This 9.2 percent rise was the sharpest Medicaid increase since the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and as more workers are being permanently laid off, they likely will lose employer-provided health insurance and Medicaid rolls will rise further.
In sum: As of August, almost 3.7 million city residents were enrolled in Medicaid. SNAP recipients in New York City totaled nearly 1.7 million in July. And a total of 378,000 city residents received either Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or State- and local-funded Safety Net Assistance in July.
Mayoral Fireside Chat: Scott Stringer Tomorrow + Maya Wiley Announced for November 19
NYCETC is hosting a series of 2021 Mayoral Candidate Fireside Chats to hear about each candidate’s plans if elected to the office of NYC Mayor, and the role of the workforce development community here in New York City. This week we will host our fourth installment with Scott Stringer and hope you will join us - RSVP here.
We're excited to announce that Maya Wiley has been added to our lineup and will speak with us on November 19th.
Deadline Extended: Reopening Survey for Workforce Organizations
We have found that nothing quite pulls the levers of advocacy and change more than strong data and a collective narrative - which is why we need you and your peers to equip us with both. To best support you and advocate for stronger policies and greater investment in the workforce development sector, we are asking each member organization to the complete Reopening Survey for Workforce Organizations by Friday, October 23.
We are growing our team to be able to support you and the workforce development community in a more robust way. Below are 4 job openings that we are currently hiring for - please help us spread the word among your clients, peers and network by including these in your newsletters, job boards and social media pages.
We are also continuing our interview process for 3 positions that we announced last month: Operations and Events Manager, Community and Research Manager, and Communications Intern.
Interested applicants must apply by sending a cover letter, resume and LinkedIn profile to Annie Garneva at firstname.lastname@example.org, listing their name and position they are applying to in the email subject. Applicants for the fellow positions must also include work samples. Check each job posting for details.
COVID Alert NY
Governor Cuomo recently launched COVID Alert NY — New York State's official Exposure Notification App. Now you can use your phone to protect you, your family, your community and fellow New Yorkers by helping stop the spread of COVID-19. The app is completely anonymous, and uses Bluetooth technology — not location data — to quickly alert users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Once alerted, users can quickly protect themselves and others by self-quarantining, contacting their physician and getting tested.
Funding Opportunity: Strengthening Communities through Recovery
The NYC Office of Emergency Management has released RFPs for its new Strengthening Communities through Recovery COVID-19 programs. Any interested community leader or community emergency networks that serves one of the below communities should apply. A community emergency network is a group or coalition that consists of nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations that are organized around an issue important to their community such as climate change, gun violence, housing, disability rights, among others. The below communities have been identified by NYC Department of Health as disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. Community leaders and community emergency networks that are selected will be supported to develop and maintain local emergency plans and implement recovery strategies that will help their community recover from COVID-19.
Proposals are due on October 19 and 20 (see each community RFP below for details). Proposals and questions about the RFP process should be emailed to Abdul Washington at email@example.com. This Small Purchase RFP is specifically seeking proposers serving in one of the following communities:
Bronx A: Crotona & Tremont; Pelham and Throgs Neck; Soundview; High Bridge, Mott Haven and Morrisania
Bronx B: Northeast Bronx; Longwood and Hunts Point; Bronx Park, Van Cortlandt and Fordham Due: 10/20/20 at 5 PM
Brooklyn A: Flatbush and East Flatbush; Sunset Park; Bushwick; Brighton Beach, Canarsie – Wetland
Brooklyn B: Bedford-Stuyvesant; East New York and Starrett City; Brownsville
Manhattan: East Harlem and Central Harlem; Lower East Side and Chinatown; Inwood and Washington Heights
Queens: Queensbridge; West Queens (Includes Elmhurst); Briarwood; Jamaica; Rockaway and Far Rockaway Due: 10/20/20 at 5 PM
Building Trades & Workforce Providers Form Apprenticeship Readiness Collective
The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has launched the Apprenticeship Readiness Collective (ARC), aiming to enhance access to careers in the unionized construction industry in New York’s historically marginalized communities. The ARC is made up of the Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills, Inc., Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), NY Helmets to Hardhats (H2H), and Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A), each of which has individually connected thousands of New Yorkers to union apprenticeship programs. The collective will integrate the groups’ expertise in serving various target populations such as veterans and women into a shared outreach strategy to targeted communities across the five boroughs, serve as the go-to resource for direct-entry and pre-apprenticeship recruitment for each affiliate of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, and help achieve the commitments made in the new Project Labor Agreements reached between the City of New York and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. Currently, PLAs goal is to ensure that at least 30 percent of all hours worked under PLA projects are logged by workers from zip codes identified as economically disadvantaged.
Empowering Learners in Today’s Economy
Wednesday, October 14 / 1 pm / Info & RSVP
NYCETC Mayoral Fireside Chat with Scott Stringer
Thursday, October 15 / 10 - 11:30 am / Info & RSVP
2020 APA-NYM Annual Conference ft. Upskilled: A New Workforce Development Strategy with Jose Ortiz, Jr. and others
Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16 / Info & RSVP
Launching WorkRise: Uncovering Bold Ideas for Transforming the Labor Market for Low-Wage Workers - A Virtual Event Series Tuesday - Friday, October 13 - 16 / 1 pm / Info & RSVP
Can Employee Share Ownership Improve Racial and Gender Wealth Equity? Friday, October 16 / 2 pm / Info & RSVP
Silicon Harlem Virtual Summit - Advancing Humanity ftt The Future of Education with JoseOrtiz, Jr. and others
Friday, October 16 / Info & RSVP
WPTI Employer Symposium Series: Retail Sector
Tuesday, October 20 / 8:30 - 10:15 am / Info & RSVP
Climate Works for All Report Launch and Zoom Press Conference
Tuesday, October 20 / 12 pm / Info & RSVP
Boosting Incomes in Hard Times: Encouraging and Supporting Low-Income Entrepreneurship in Queens
Thursday, October 22 / 10 - 11:30 am / Info & RSVP
Falling through the Cracks: Implications of AI on employment for individuals with disabilities Friday, November 13 / 12 - 1 pm / Info & RSVP
National Immigration Forum Leading The Way 2020 Conference
November 16 - 19 / Info & RSVP
Please send updated program schedule and communications for employment and training programs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese-American Planning Council
Resume Workshop / Friday, October 16 / 2 - 4 pm / Info & RSVP
Applications for 2021 Adobe Digital Academy are now open, and include scholarships for General Assembly's Software Engineering (SEI), User Experience Design (UXDI), and Data Science Immersive (DSI) courses. Interested applicants should begin their application process by November 6, with applications due on November 13. More details on the application process and flow can be found below.
CUNY School of Professional Studies
Families Forward, a time-limited Office of Child Support Services' (OCSS) workforce development program, is actively recruiting participants who owe child support for its free job training programs. Families Forward is part of a study that includes occupational skills training in several industries: cable installation, construction, cybersecurity, IT Support, transportation, and woodworking. Job placement and advancement, financial counseling, and child support navigation services are available to participants. All training programs are full-time and meet Monday through Friday. Visit ffnewyork.mdrc.org for additional information, or contact at FFD@dfa.state.ny.us or 929-221-5015.
Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center
Virtual Career Workshop Pt. II / Friday, October 16 / 11 am - 12 pm / Info & RSVP
- WarnerMedia/HBOMaxAccess Post Coordinator Training: Mandatory Info Session on October 6 and applications are due October 16 / Info
- Free Filmmaking Programs Info Session: October 8 / Info & RSVP
St. Nicks Alliance - Financial Service Training Requirements include: At least 6 months customer service experience, cash handling experience is a plus, and an HSE is required. Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus. See flyer for info.
JPMorgan Chase’s ReEntry Program
The ReEntry Program offers experienced professionals the support and resources needed to relaunch their careers after taking a voluntary career break. The 14-week paid, non-rotational fellowship program will run from March 2021 to June 2021. Participants will update their professional and technical skills through workshops and on-the-job training to help transition back into the workplace and prepare for a long-term career. The ReEntry Program receives senior business level support, and participants will be paired with mentors and program alumni who will help them integrate into the firm. High-performing participants who successfully complete the program may receive offers for full-time positions within the firm. Application deadline: November 13. Info & Apply
Per Scholas: #TechForward National Job Fair
This three-day virtual event offers you the opportunity to connect with our professionally trained and certified alumni from across the nation who are prepared to fulfill a wide range of entry to mid-level roles such as: Help Desk Technician, Cyber Analyst, Intermediate Java Developer, End-User Computing Support Technician (Remote), Cloud Support. Employer interviews will be conducted on October 14 -15 only. Register here.
The HOPE Program - Voter Rights Trainings In recognition of the importance of voting and how difficult it is for those who have been impacted by the justice system to know whether or not they are eligible to vote, HOPE is offering 3 Voter Rights Trainings for individuals impacted by the justice system. Participants must meet the following criteria: Either formerly incarcerated or have a criminal conviction; Currently NOT registered to vote; Based in New York City. Workshops will take place October 5 - 7 from 9 to 11 am. Learn more and apply here - be sure to click on the “Apply Here” section of the flyer, and enter HOPE as the referring organization and William McCollum as the trainer in the drop-down list at the bottom of the page.
Bronx Educational Opportunity Center
Certified NYS EMT program, with official NYS exam included and job placement assistance. HS diploma or equivalency and a valid NYS driver's license required. Program begins October 15. Apply here.
- Pre-HSE classes: Mon-Thurs remote daytime schedule (synchronous and asynchronous); $150 weekly stipend for 20 weeks
- HSE classes: Mon-Thurs remote daytime schedule (synchronous and asynchronous); $15/hour paid internships for up to 250 hours
- Advanced Training classes: Mon-Fri hybrid daytime schedule (synchronous); $15/hour paid internships for up to 250 hours
The HOPE Program
Currently offering two remote career training programs that provide job placements in various different industries such as construction, maintenance, food service, clerical work, customer service, retail, and many other industries. HOPE is also offering industry certifications such as OSHA-10, OSHA-30, flagger, scaffolding, drug and alcohol awareness, fall prevention, and more. Interested candidates can attend a virtual information session via Zoom that HOPE holds every Tuesday and Thursday at 1PM to learn more about the program and apply.
NMIC Train & Earn is a 6-week PAID certification and training program for opportunity youth ages 16-24 who are out of school and not working at the time of enrollment. Programming will be entirely online, and participants will receive a free Chromebook. Candidates will earn a stipend of up to $500 when they complete certifications and program benchmarks. Candidates receive case management services and job placement assistance while in programming, and incentives upon completion. Begin application process here. YouthBuild: Business Bootcamp is a 5-month program for young adults (17*-24) that provides high school equivalency (HSE) instruction, as well as training in the areas of small business ownership, digital literacy and employment readiness. Candidates receive a stipend while participating and have access to job placement assistance upon completion. The next cohort of YouthBuild will start in September, and classes will be held virtually. Begin application process here.
STRIVE Maintenance/Construction Training Program - During this 9 week training clients will receive OSHA 30, RRP, GPRO, Site Safety, 2 hour drug and alcohol awareness along with comprehensive workforce development training. Upon completion of training graduates will receive job placement assistance and lifetime alumni services. Virtual information sessions are being held every Monday and Tuesday @ 10am via ZOOM (see flyer for details).
Building Skills NY
BSNY is currently virtually recruiting candidates for full-time entry level construction jobs throughout NYC. Candidates that meet BSNY minimum requirements are invited to complete an application online to begin the process and receive an invitation to an upcoming virtual recruitment event. BSNY holds virtual events on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30AM via Zoom. More infohere and upcoming events here.
Project Renewal’s Next Step Internship Program is an 8-week training program for careers in homeless services. As part of the program, trainees will gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as frontline essential workers in homeless shelters. The training is a combination of virtual instructor-led training and paid internships in homeless shelters. Trainees will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials and will receive job placement services upon graduation. Trainees must have a High School Diploma or Equivalency. Also must be available to work flexible hours. Register for a virtual info session here.
CUNY School of Professional Studies
The Career Development Center at the Early Childhood Institute is committed to facilitating the connection between early childhood educators and programs serving young children and their families, especially during this time of uncertainty. Early childhood programs in need of teachers and support staff can learn more here, and early childhood educators or a recent graduates looking for work can learn more here.
NYC Adult Literacy Programs Accepting New Students
See full list here. Request to be added by completing this form.
The Actors Fund
The Career Center offers a comprehensive suite of online programs and services that help entertainment industry and performing arts professionals identify and find sideline work and discover new careers outside the industry. See workshop calendar.
Nontraditional Employment for Women
Nontraditional Employment for Women is now conducting information sessions on-line! Every Tuesday at 10 am and Wednesday at 6 pm. Register for an info session. Requirements include: eligible to work in the US; HS Diploma or HSE; interested in hands-on training to join a career path in the construction field.
Upwardly Global - Immigrant Professionals Employment Program Upwardly Global supports Immigrant and Refugee New Yorkers to navigate the U.S. professional job search process through a free online Job Search Training Program, customized job coaching, invitations to network and practice interviewing with our employer partners, access to reskilling and training opportunities, and more. Currently all services are provided virtually. More Info