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Elusive Companies Targeted By City Crackdown on Job Scams

The de Blasio administration is stepping up oversight of employment agencies, which need to be licensed and can only charge certain fees. But the targeted firms can change names and locations to keep operating in spite of the crackdown.

Details Murky in Cuomo's Goal for Minority Contracts

The governor has set an ambitious goal for directing state contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. But why did it take so long? And who is really benefiting?

Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade

Sex trafficking is the target of increased awareness and enforcement. But other forms of the human trade—which might be more common—are proving hard to publicize or prosecute.

Brooklyn Wage Theft Case Grinds On

Authorities found that a Williamsburg construction company owed its workers $500,000, but no one's been paid yet. Advocates blame enforcement delays on overburdened state inspectors.

How Will A Higher Minimum Wage Affect Brooklyn?

President Obama and Democrats in Albany want a higher minimum wage. Among Brooklyn's low-wage workers, who will it help and how much?

Protect Immigrant Work Rights—-By Making them Owners

Statistics show immigrant workers frequently suffer wage theft. One solution pioneered by a Brooklyn center is to launch cooperatives where the workers are also owners.

Washington Heights Sees White-Collar Boom

Lured by low rents, corporations are seeking space in Northern Manhattan. The trend has complex implications for existing small businesses and nearby residents who are unemployed.

The Mystery of Bed-Stuy's Missing Jobs

Despite growing gentrification, Central Brooklyn is the New York neighborhood hardest-hit by the economic downturn.

Can Job Training Reduce Unemployment?

Governments are pouring money into job skills programs as a way of combating poverty. But what jobs are participants being prepared for?

In A Bad Economy, Even Opera Vocalists Sing The Blues

The soft labor market is a challenge for all job seekers. But young people who have trained for artistic careers—who help make New York a cultural capital—face unique obstacles. Do they also possess special tools to survive?

Prison Guards Get Light Sentences For Sex Abuse

New York State prison guards who break the law by having sex with an inmate often receive favorable treatment by juries and light sentences from judges.

Love In A Time Of Incarceration

In 1999, an officer and an inmate at Manhattan's Bayview Correctional Facility fell in love and started having sex, with consequences that reverberate today.

Altering A Prison's Sexual Chemistry

For at least 35 years, New York State legal advocates, prison officials and unions have wrestled over how to protect female inmates from sexual abuse when male officers guard them.

The Enforcement Of New York's Prison Sex Law

DOCS says that misunderstandings about pat-frisks might explain some of the sexual misconduct allegations its inmates have made against guards. Some evidence suggests, however, that the problems in New York’s female prisons are deeper than that.

Senate, Assembly Resist Cuomo Cuts To Services

Legislators want to restore many human services that Gov. Cuomo proposed cutting. But the Senate and Assembly still differ by tens of millions of dollars on social funding, and some programs still face elimination.

Recession Drove 6 Million Into Poverty

The national poverty rate jumped to over 14 percent. But there’s evidence that the economic downturn hasn’t increased poverty as much as comparable recessions.

Reducing Black Joblessness, One Client At A Time

Black joblessness has defied solution for decades. But organizations in the trenches are making a dent.

How Fares Welfare?

A Test For The Safety Net

New York City is home to a proud labor past and an innovative future in workforce development programs. City Limits diligently covers the impact of the many different programs that may or may not work, and the lives of the many different laborers that earn.

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Help Wanted: 10,000 More Summer Youth Job Slots - Jarrett Murphy

A rally today will call on the de Blasio administration to add money to the budget for summer youth employment, which has shrunk even as teen unemployment remains startling high.

Prison Abuse Investigation Wins National Award - City Limits

Our magazine's May 2011 report on staff sexual abuse of women inmates in New York State prisons won a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the national Society of Professional Journalists.

City Limits Criminal Justice Reporting Honored - Jarrett Murphy

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency recognized our coverage of staff sexual misconduct in New York's prisons and the housing challenges facing former inmates.

What’s Not to Like About the Cuomo Budget? - Jarrett Murphy

Amid a sea of praise for Gov. Cuomo's second budget, advocates for low-income New Yorkers raised complaints. That, plus the latest on NYCHA, city job creation and the sick leave bill —all in our policy roundup.

NY Pols Tout Bill Targeting Jobless Youth - Kiera Feldman

The Urban Jobs Act would provide $20 million for services to unemployed young people. Amid partisan rancor, will the idea survive Congress? Against record youth unemployment, will it make a difference if it does?

The Lower Unemployment Rate: Getting Jobs, Or Giving Up? - Neil deMause

A closer look at the national labor-market figures released last week suggest that the modest fall in the unemployment rate has more to do with people leaving the labor force than folks finding jobs.

Recession's Pain Revealed For Hispanics, Artists - Jarrett Murphy

As new research shows alarming decreases in minority household wealth, City Limits' Arturo Conde discusses his reporting on how opera singers, poets and other creative workers have weathered the Great Recession.

City Limits' Sex Abuse Investigation Now Available As Podcast - Kelly Virella

You can now listen to a discussion of our May investigation into the sexual abuse of female prisoners by New York State prison employees, thanks to local radio stations who have interviewed us about it.

Group Homes Face Change. Question Is, How Much? - Michele Narov

After media revelations of abuse at homes for the developmentally disabled, the Assembly is considering a law to improve employee screening. But some contemplate broader change, like getting the state out of the group home business altogether.



Risky Talking with Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and Eve Ensler

Friday, October 24, 2014
7:00p - 9:00p

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund - Info Sessions

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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2014 Development Finance Conference

Wednesday, November 05, 2014
8:00a - 6:00p



Good News Mixed With Danger Signs for NYC's Job Market

By Benjamin Mandel and Joe Seydl

Good News Mixed With Danger Signs for NYC's Job Market

The overall employment picture is improving. But the economy is still plagued by trouble for young workers, a lack of middle-skill jobs and lingering effects from the years of deep unemployment.

Policy Must Shift from Managing Inequality to Challenging It

By Jennifer Jones Austin

Policy Must Shift from Managing Inequality to Challenging It

"It’s not enough to help people meet their basic needs. There must be a full-scale effort to develop policies and programs that materially improve wages and earnings, educational experiences and living conditions."

Budget Must Address Low Wages of Social Service Workers

By Jeff Foreman

Budget Must Address Low Wages of Social Service Workers

For six years, the lowest paid human-service workers in New York State have not had a cost of living adjustment, meaning their real wages have shrunk by nearly 12 percent. Is this the year Albany finally wakes up to that injustice?

When Can Employers Check Your Credit?

By Roman Shteyn

When Can Employers Check Your Credit?

Congress may make it harder for employers to check the credit scores of potential hires. Until they do, job-seekers need to know their rights.

Half of Recovery Jobs Offer Low Wages. So Raise Them!

By Michelle Holder

Half of Recovery Jobs Offer Low Wages. So Raise Them!

'It hurts the young. It helps too little. It boosts unemployment.' There are plenty of myths about the minimum wage. The reality is, more and more workers are working at a pay rate that puts them in poverty.



Crime to Scale

Here's one way to compare crime among America's largest cities. Supplemental data from City Limits' January/February issue on urban policy in the presidential campaign.

Working in the City

Which American cities have the highest unemployment? Supplemental data from City Limits' January/February issue on urban policy in the presidential campaign.



President Obama Visits NYC's Ground Zero After Bin Laden Death

President Obama Visits NYC's Ground Zero After Bin Laden Death

Following the death of Osama Bin Laden, President Barack Obama visits the World Trade Center site to pay tribute to victims of 9/11.