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As of a May 2012 survey conducted by the United States Bureau of Labor, 9.6% of the city’s labor force is unemployed. In February of 2010, unemployment in New York City peaked at 10.1%.

Unequal NY

In 1980, the richest 1 percent of New Yorkers received about 12 percent of income in the city. In 2007, they received 43 percent. As income inequality has grown nationwide and across New York State, ... READ MORE»

United Federation of Teachers

As New York City’s teachers union, the United Federation of Teachers is one of the most powerful labor unions in the country. Recently, the union has been arguing about judging teacher effectiveness w... READ MORE»


New York City is home to an array of both public and private institutions, some focusing on one or two specific fields and others providing students with a general higher education.

Urban Planning

The Department of City Planning assists government organizations and the public by promoting the strategic growth of the city. The organization's decisions are backed by consensus-based zoning changes... READ MORE»

Urban Planning and Policy

In New York, the Department of City Planning (DCP) is responsible for changes in zoning, transit, and sustainable communities, among many o... READ MORE»



A key factor in the city's history, but largely left out of today's discussions of crime, arson has seen a dramatic decline in New York. But changes in investigative techniques and cuts to the city's ... READ MORE

Reading Room

Far from obsolete in the digital age, New York City's libraries are filling critical gaps: offering technology to low-income neighborhoods, a lifeline to immigrants, a safe space for after school. Usa... READ MORE

The MWBE Program

In 2005 New York City set out to reverse historic patterns of discrimination in contracting by adopting goals for the share of city procurement spending received by minority- and women-led businesses.... READ MORE



Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee for United States President in 2012.

Raymond W. Kelly

Raymond W. Kelly is the current police commissioner for the New York Police Department. Kelly was appointed in 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve once again after representing the organization u... READ MORE


New York City is home to a number of veterans who served in several wars throughout history. The New York Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs strives to find housing and jobs for veterans once they retu... READ MORE