Monday, January 30, 2012

 Comments on The Proposed Minimum Wage Bill

From the RSDSU
Why a Higher Minimum Wage is Needed in New York
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum made the following statement at a press conference in Albany today to announce minimum wage legislation:
I’m Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). I’m proud to be here today with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and members of the Assembly.
The minimum wage in New York has not been raised in several years, but minimum wage workers are paying more for food, shelter, and other basic necessities. When wages don’t keep pace with rising costs and prices, survival becomes more and more difficult. That’s the predicament countless New Yorkers find themselves in today.
It’s all but impossible to get by on $7.25 per hour, the current minimum wage. Too many low-wage workers, particularly in retail, one of the fastest-growing sectors of our economy, are struggling to survive.
This is unfair and unacceptable. We’re here to say something significant needs to be done about it during this legislative session.
A broad coalition of labor unions, community organizations and the Working Families Party is supporting the Assembly to raise the minimum wage this year. The RWDSU is an active member of this coalition. We see this effort as the logical and necessary extension of the living wage movement we built in New York City-a movement that led recently to a landmark victory for low-wage workers.
The legislation being introduced today is a small but important step that will help forge a path out of poverty toward the middle class.
Raising the minimum wage in New York is morally right and economically smart: when workers earn more, they spend more, generating demand for new goods and services that will create more jobs and strengthen our economy. When workers are stronger, so are businesses and so are the communities in which we live and work.
New Yorkers need a wage-led recovery from the recession. It’s time to transform economic vulnerability into economic security. This legislation tells low-wage New Yorkers they are not invisible or forgotten, and that government can improve their lives.

“I strongly support Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Member Keith Wright and the entire New York State Assembly in their proposal to raise the State’s minimum wage to $ 8.50 an hour.  If passed, this bill will represent a positive step towards changing the life of working families in our City.

“Both the Assembly bill and the ‘Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act,’ our bill that would mandate employers pay a living wage when their projects receive heavy taxpayer subsidies, work together toward the common goal of  improving the quality of life of New York City residents. A little extra money in the pocket of these struggling families will help keep them afloat by putting food on the table, keeping the heat on through the winter, and paying the rent. Our State Legislature has not voted to raise the minimum wage since 2004.  As a result, New York's minimum wage is stagnant at just $7.25 an hour, around $15,000 a year for those who work full-time.  

“In a high-cost state like ours, trying to support a family on such a low salary is nearly impossible. That is why I believe it is time to for New York to raise the minimum wage,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Senator Rivera Testifies at Albany Redistricting Hearing, Continues to Push for an Independent Redistricting Process

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) testified today, Monday, January 30, 2012 in front of the Legislative Reapportionment Taskforce (LATFOR) in a redistricting hearing in Albany. Senator Rivera is unable to attend the Bronx Redistricting hearing, which is occurring Tuesday at 3:00pm at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse) and is open for members of the community to express their opinion.  Below is Senator Rivera’s testimony:

“I am State Senator Gustavo Rivera and I represent the 33rd Senate District contained in the Northwest Bronx. The district includes the neighborhoods of Fordham, Kingsbridge, University Heights, Riverdale, Van Cortlandt Park, Bedford Park and East Tremont. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Bronx Redistricting Hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, January 31st at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

I am here to testify about the continued need for an independent redistricting process. I am disappointed that there was not an independent redistricting commission established last year, especially given that so many of my colleagues are on the record supporting independent redistricting. I continue to believe that voters should pick their representatives, not the other way around. In order to have fair district lines, without partisan gerrymandering, we need to take legislators out of the process.

Over the last week, we have seen that a bad process results in a bad product. Today’s hearing is suppose to garner reactions to a proposal that shows a willingness to disenfranchise voters, especially Black and Latino voters, throughout New York to protect the interests of certain individuals or one conference over another.

There are two issues that stuck out to me as unconstitutional and unfair after having looked at the Republican redistricting proposal for the State Senate. The first is the proposed increase from 62 to 63 State Senate districts, which not only defies the New York State Constitution, but also defies all logic, as it comes at a time when New York’s population has decreased and we are losing two Congressional districts. The second is the issue of “packing,” or seeing to it that minority communities are packed into a few districts through gerrymandering instead of being able to figure significantly in the election of representatives in a much larger number of districts. I believe this proposal does just that and moreover could lead to a potential violation of the Voting Rights Act.

While it may be too late for an independent commission to draw districts, it is not too late to demand an independent process this year. That is why I stand united with Governor Cuomo in calling for an independent process and am ready to uphold a veto from the Governor. I will continue to push to make independent redistricting a reality in New York.”

Protecting Houses of Worship:
Sen. Klein Proposes Tougher Penalties for Thefts in Religious Institutions

Following a rash of break-ins and burglaries targeting houses of worship in the Northern Bronx, State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced legislation to stiffen criminal penalties for those who steal, or damage items and property in churches, synagogues and other religious institutions.

He was joined by religious and community leaders who have been stung by these crimes.

An assaults on a house of worship is an assault on an entire community,” Senator Klein said. “These vandals need to know there will be heavy consequences for their reckless and despicable crimes. This legislation will send that message and protect these sacred institutions.”
This recent crime spree includes:
  • In the Waterbury-LaSalle Community, Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church parishioners noticed a laptop and approximately $400 were stolen from their school. Additionally, a door leading to the chapel was broken.
  • In Pelham Bay, Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church was victim to about $50 being taken from donation box and the destruction of an intricate wood carving in the Church.  Additionally, two months prior at St. Theresa Catholic Church their gift shop was broken into and cash was stolen from the register.
  • On City Island, Police found windows and doors smashed and broken at Temple Beth El Synagogue and silver Torah crowns and Kiddush cups missing. They estimate $5,000 to $10,000 worth of items were stolen.
Senator Klein’s legislation would:
  • Increase the penalty for theft, or the intentional damage to a scroll, religious vestment, vessel, any other item used in connection with religious worship, in any building of worship punishable, to a maximum of seven years in prison. These crimes would be classified as third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, both Class D Felonies. Currently, these charges would only apply in cases where items worth more than $3,000 have been stolen, or where items have sustained more than $1,500 in damages.
  • Expand the definition of second-degree grand larceny to include the theft of any scroll, religious vestment, vessel, any other item used in connection with religious worship, in any building of worship, that are worth more than $250. This would be a Class C felony punishable by up to five to 15 years in prison.   
  • Strengthen the penalty for any intentional damage to house of worship-owned property to up to four years in prison, making it a Class E felony. Currently, this applies to damage worth more than $250. 
If passed, this legislation would build upon Senator Klein’s past legislative accomplishment of increased criminal penalties for those who desecrate and vandalize church property.  That bill was signed into law by Governor Paterson in 2010 and was strongly championed by a wide range of religious leaders, including Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan.
 “A crime against a religious institution is a crime against a community at large,” said Monsignor Anthony Marchitelli of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church.
It is urgent that all people of good will stand together against violence that target our houses of worship. We thank Senator Klein and his colleagues for their leadership in helping lift us up, so that all of our brothers and sisters of faith can congregate and worship in safety and peace,” said Rabbi Shohama Wiener of Temple Beth El Synagogue.
Those who have any information on these recent burglaries against religious institutions are urged to contact the 45th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 822-5414 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8447

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dates for Hearings on New Proposed District Lines

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Standing Committee Public Hearing Calendar
Dean G. Skelos
Majority Leader and Temporary President
New York State Senate
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New York State Legislature
Public Hearing Calendar

For Immediate Release

January 26, 2012
Sheldon Silver
New York State Assembly

Jan. 30 New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEneny
Public Meeting: Congressional and state legislative redistricting
Place: Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (212) 618-1100; E-mail:
Jan. 31 New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEneny
Public Meeting: Congressional and state legislative redistricting
Place: Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Gallery, 1040 Grand Concourse @ 165th Street, Bronx, New York
Time: 3:00 P.M.
Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (212) 618-1100; E-mail:
Feb. 1 New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEneny
Public Meeting: Congressional and state legislative redistricting
Place: St. Francis College, Founders Hall Auditorium, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (212) 618-1100; E-mail:
Feb. 2 New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
Chairs: Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assembly Member John J. McEneny
Public Meeting: Congressional and state legislative redistricting
Place: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (212) 618-1100; E-mail:
Feb. 6 Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations
Chair: Senator Carl L. Marcellino
Public Hearing: To examine executive compensation at not-for-profit organizations receiving State funding and the actions needed to prevent State tax dollars from being wasted on excessive salaries
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811
Feb. 13 Senate Standing Committee on Transportation
Chair: Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.
Public Hearing: To examine what steps New York State can take to make roads safer and protect people from distracted driving crashes
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Melissa Kehoe (518) 455-3341
Media Contact: Chris Schneider (516) 882-0630
Feb. 29 Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation
Chair: Senator Mark J. Grisanti
Public Hearing: To gather input from stakeholders with regard to theft, fraud and other issues as related to bottle redemption
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Contact: Laura Manley (518) 455-3240
Media Contact: Doug Curella (716) 854-8705

Feb. 9 Senate Standing Committee on Social Services
Chair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan
and Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families
Chair: Senator Diane J. Savino
Forum: Human Services Forum on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients
Place: Monroe County Administration Building, 4th Floor, Legislative Chamber, Rochester, New York
Time: 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471

Friday, January 27, 2012

Borough President Diaz Jr. Invites you to Dominican Heritage 2012

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Dominican Heritage Month Celebration 2012
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
La Gran Parada Dominicana de El Bronx, Inc. 

Cordially Invite You To

The 2012 Dominican Heritage Month  Celebration

Thursday, February 9, 2012
5:30 pm

Bronx County Building
Veterans Memorial Hall
851 Grand Concourse, The Bronx

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

New District Lines

Here is the link to see the new district lines that have been proposed from the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment. You can see the current district lines that were drawn in 2002, and the district lines from 1992 also. 
   The new State Assembly and State Senate lines have to go through 12 hearings throughout the state, and pass the Voting Rights Act where applicable. Then there will also be the lawsuits that may come up, as we are sure that there will be many to the new senate district lines. 

  By the way that new 63rd State Senate District runs right through Republican rich upstate around the Albany area, just as we told you weeks ago.
From Senator Jeff Klein-

A Senator You Can Count On

Dear Friends,

I’m proud to announce the release of the Independent Democratic Conference’s blueprint on how to help small businesses in New York.
This five-point plan was developed with the input of more than 75 small businessmen and women who participated in our ThoughtRaiser Initiative.

 Through these ThoughtRaiser roundtables, businesses told us that they grapple with:
-- Escalating Health Insurance Costs
-- Burdensome Regulations
-- Paying the Highest Combined Tax Burden in the Country
-- Limited Access to Credit
-- Excessive Paperwork Requirements

The IDC has released an action plan and report on how to tackle these issues. They can be found here.
Read coverage of the IDC’s Small Business Action Plan here, and click here to watch the IDC’s recent interview on New York Now
We need to stand by the small businesses that stood by New York.
In order to help grow our economy, we need to help those who have persevered through the bad times and kept their businesses and their jobs in our communities.

Jeff Klein



Senator Jeff Klein's Black History Month Breakfast
Saturday, Feb.  25 

9:00 a.m.Villa Barone Manor
737 Throggs Neck Expressway Bronx, NY 10465 
To RSVP, call 718-822-2049.




  A study released today shows a growing number of New Yorkers don’t have enough money to retire. Over one-third of older residents are expected to either subsist on Social Security, or not be able to retire at all.

The study, entitled Are New Yorkers Ready for Retirement?, is part of a research initiative by New York City Comptroller John C. Liu and the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School. Using recent New York City and New York State metropolitan-area data, the report examines whether New York City residents are financially prepared for their senior years. The answer, increasingly, is no.

The study found:
·         Between 2000-2009, the percentage of employees in New York City who had access to employer-sponsored retirement plans declined from 48% to 40% – below the U.S. average, which is 53% (2009).
·         Only 35% of New York City workers participated in an employer-based retirement plan in 2009.
·         More than one-third of New York City households in which the head is near retirement age will have to subsist almost entirely on Social Security income or will not be able to retire at all due to the fact that they have less than $10,000 in savings.

“It is a significant public policy concern when such a high proportion of the workforce will not have enough money in their retirement years,” Comptroller Liu said. “This report focuses attention on the need to help workers, both public and private sector, properly prepare throughout their working careers for their eventual retirement.”

The report found that employers have become less willing or able to sponsor pensions – a trend that is true across most industries and occupations, and affects New Yorkers of nearly all ages and income groups. The brewing retirement crisis cuts across racial, ethnic and gender lines.

“The deck is becoming increasingly stacked against New Yorkers in their efforts to retire,” said SCEPA Director Teresa Ghilarducci, Ph.D. “Fewer New Yorkers have access to the convenience and affordability of employer-sponsored retirement plans. More and more residents now face a choice between retiring into poverty or continuing to work in old age. Without significant policy reforms, the economic tea leaves foretell a decrease in the standard of living for retired New Yorkers. ”

The study was authored by Dr. Ghilarducci, a national expert on public pensions and retirement issues, along with economist Joelle Saad-Lessler, Ph.D. The New York City Comptroller’s Office Budget and Policy Bureau provided key data and analysis.

The main study data were drawn from the 2001 and 2010 Current Population Survey (CPS), the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and the 2009 New York State Personal Income Tax Files.

Download the “Retirement Readiness” Report and Fact Sheet at

The report is the fifth in a series produced by Comptroller Liu’s Retirement Security NYC initiative:

Municipal Employee Compensation in New York City The $8 Billion Question: An Analysis of NYC Pension Costs Over the Past Decade Sustainable or Not? NYC Pension Cost Projections through 2060 A Better Bang for New York City’s Buck: An Efficiency Comparison of Defined Benefit Pension Plans and Defined Contribution Retirement Savings Plans

Bridget C. Fisher, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), 212-229-5901 x4911, Stephanie Hoo, Office of NYC Comptroller John C. Liu, 212-669-3747,

About Retirement Security NYC Retirement Security NYC is a major initiative launched by Comptroller John C. Liu to protect the retirement security of public employees while ensuring the City’s financial health. Retirement Security NYC has partnered with two leading institutions – the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) and The New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) – to analyze the current state of public pensions and offer sensible reforms.
About the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School SCEPA is the economic policy research arm of the department of economics at The New School in New York City’s Greenwich Village. SCEPA works to focus public debate on the role government can and
should play in the economy to raise living standards, create economic security, and attain full employment. With a focus on collaboration and outreach, it provides original, standards-based research on key policy issues to empower policy makers to create positive change. For more information, please visit


About The New School

Located in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village, The New School is a center of academic excellence where intellectual and artistic freedoms thrive. More than 10,200 matriculated students and 6,400 continuing education students enjoy a disciplined education supported by small class sizes, superior resources, and renowned working faculty members who practice what they teach. The New School is comprised of The New School for General Studies, The New School for Social Research, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, Parsons The New School for Design, Eugene Lang College The New School
for Liberal Arts, Mannes College The New School for Music, The New School for Drama, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

JASA Presents: The Annual Volunteer Ventures Expo for New Yorkers 50+

  JASA, New York’s largest agency serving older adults in the New York Metropolitan area, is pleased to announce the annual JASA Volunteer Ventures Expo, a free conference and volunteer opportunities fair for adults 50+. The expo will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 10 am to 2 pm at UJA-Federation of New York, 130 E. 59th Street.

This event is being produced in association with UJA-Federation of New York, New York City Department for the Aging, NYC Service, New Yorkers Volunteer/State Commission on National and Community Service, Retired Senior Volunteer Program/Community Service Society of New York, The Transition Network and Coming of Age NYC.

“JASA recognizes the immense talent and experience that older adults bring to nonprofit organizations,” said Alexandra Collier, JASA’s Director of Volunteer Services and Special Projects. “The JASA Volunteer Ventures Expo provides older adults with the opportunity to find dynamic and engaging volunteer and civic engagement programs in their communities, and connects New York City nonprofits with talented and experienced older adult volunteers.”

At the JASA Volunteer Ventures Expo, adults 50+ from across the New York Metropolitan area will meet with representatives from top New York City nonprofit organizations. Volunteers and staff members from a wide variety of nonprofits including, advocacy, arts, environmental, faith-based and cultural organizations, will answer questions about volunteering with their organizations.

In addition to the Volunteer Opportunities Fair, attendees can choose from 3 workshops on strategies for finding the right volunteer opportunity, volunteering with children and youth, and creating individualized volunteer opportunities.

Admission to the Volunteer Ventures Expo is free for adults 50+, but advanced registration is required. Download registration form online at or contact Larissa Belcic: 212-273-5222; Organizations interested in sponsoring a table at the Volunteer Opportunities Fair should also email Larissa Belcic at or register online at

Since 1968, JASA and its affiliates with its 3,000 staff and volunteers, have provided social, recreational, health, housing, cultural and educational programs for 53,000 older adults per year -- regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity -- to help sustain them in their homes and communities and to offer opportunities for a better quality of life.  Services are available in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Assemblyman Nelson L. Castro Helps Pass Legislation to Increase Taxi Service to the Outer Boroughs and Upper Manhattan
Legislation will improve access to taxis for people with disabilities

Assemblyman Nelson L. Castro (D-Bronx) announced the Assembly passed legislation he helped pass that will allow New York City to issue 18,000 hail accessible inter-borough licenses (HAIL) allowing livery cars to pick up street hails (A.8691-A). Twenty percent of the licenses will be for accessible vehicles to provide more transportation options to people with disabilities. An agreement on this legislation has been reached with the governor and the Senate.

“About 70 percent of constituents in my district are self employed, many of which are taxi drivers,” Assemblyman Castro said. “This legislation will afford New Yorkers in under served areas greater access to taxicab service in and around the city. This will also lead to more revenue for the city of New York, helping protect vital programs for seniors and hardworking families.”

Under the legislation, New York City will be able to issue the new licenses over the next three years. The city will also be authorized to issue up to 450 new base permits, generating up to $1.3 million in revenue.

In addition, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) will issue 2,000 new taxicab licenses for vehicles that are accessible to people with disabilities. The TLC will also be required to provide grants of up to $15,000 to retrofit HAIL vehicles to accommodate people with disabilities and establish a program to support the introduction of handicapped-accessible vehicles into the HAIL vehicle fleet.
  “The issuance of new HAIL licenses to service the under served areas of the five 
boroughs  and Upper Manhattan, and new medallions, will  substantially improve the
ability of New Yorkers, especially those with  disabilities, to get where they need to 
go quickly and easily, ” Assemblyman  Castro said. “It is imperative that we continue 
to support these kinds of  initiatives to make traveling within New York City more 
accessible, efficient and affordable.” 
  In 2010, Assemblyman Castro introduced legislation (A10190) to allow 
affiliated vehicles in the city of New York to obtain a special street hail license to 
accept hails from passengers in the street in areas outside the Manhattan central
 business district.



  Unemployment is up in New York City, highlighted by persistent inequities by race, age and borough, according to a data analysis released today by City Comptroller John C. Liu. The quarterly data showed that the City ended 2011 with unemployment in the double digits for young people, African Americans, and Hispanics – with the rate nearly twice as high in the Bronx as in Manhattan.

“As President Obama pointed out in his State of the Union, expanding opportunities is essential to job creation,” Comptroller Liu said. “We must level the playing field and close these employment gaps, because they undermine the health of entire neighborhoods and threaten our economic future. The City should clearly set fiscal policy to expand opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, which have proven track records of creating jobs in neighborhoods that need them the most.”

With the release of New York City employment data on Thursday, Jan.19, the Comptroller’s Bureau of Fiscal and Budget Studies analyzed raw data in the Current Population Survey (CPS) conducted by the Census Bureau and highlighted several trends.

Unemployment for the City was 9.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with 8.6 percent in same quarter of 2010, and 10.1 percent in 2009. A closer look at the data illustrated that unemployment was more pronounced in communities of color, among young people, and in the outer boroughs.


Most strikingly, unemployment rose for 16-24 year olds to 16.5 percent.

16-24 years old
25-54 years old
55 years and older
Source: NYC Comptroller’s Office from CPS microdata


The unemployment rate for African Americans was 13.6 percent and for Hispanics it was 10.0 percent, compared with 7.8 percent for whites and 7.4 percent for Asians and others.

African American
Asian and other
Source: NYC Comptroller’s Office from CPS microdata


By borough, the unemployment rate in the Bronx was 12.6 percent, nearly twice as high as Manhattan’s 6.4 percent.

Staten Island
Source: NYC Comptroller’s Office from CPS microdata


Unemployment was also in the double digits for New Yorkers without a college diploma.

No HS diploma
HS, some college
BA or more
Source: NYC Comptroller’s Office from CPS microdata

Due to the sample sizes of the CPS data, information was broken down on a quarterly basis to establish the most accurate depiction of the City’s unemployment trends.

The Current Population Survey is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey has been conducted for more than 50 years. CPS data are used by government policymakers and legislators as important indicators of our nation’s economic situation and for planning and evaluating many government programs. They are also used by the press, students, academics, and the general public.

A full spreadsheet of the unemployment breakdown can be found at:

*The data estimates are computed directly from the US Census Bureau Current Population Survey, and may not correspond with estimates released by the State Department of Labor.