The New York Times got its hands on a report from City's Center for Economic Opportunity which alleges that close to half of New York City residents make "less than 150 percent of the poverty threshold."
According to the report, 46 percent of New Yorkers are "at or near poverty." As the Times mentions, the number of poor people in the city seems to have leveled off since the recession, but in a city as ridiculously expensive as New York, just trying to simply live will run you into financial ruin unless you're wealthy.
What's more, not even being what many would describe as "gainfully employed" prevents people from fighting just to keep their heads above water:
Even with fewer people unemployed, the poverty rate for working-age adults working full time reached 8 percent, by the city’s measure. Fully 17 percent of families with a full-time worker lived in poverty, and even among families with two full-time workers, the rate was 5.2 percent.
All eyes will be on Mayor de Blasio and how he handles the matter:
The report outlined the de Blasio administration’s agenda for mitigating poverty: municipal identification cards to provide immigrants with access to basic services and other supports, raising the local minimum wage, protecting low-wage workers, giving preferential treatment to city residents in public works jobs, raising wages at companies doing business with or receiving subsidies from the city, and more school services that also allow parents to work.
[via New York Times]
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