Challenges & Opportunities

During the recession, many workers’ wages stagnated or declined. While some wage declines have reversed with the recovery, these gains have not fully offset the loss during the recession. As a result, many New Yorkers, particularly low-income residents, continue to struggle.


The City’s new Career Pathways strategy aims to create a more inclusive workforce by targeting traditionally overlooked populations, including those facing challenges to entering and advancing in the labor market.

Train New Yorkers in high-growth industries, creating an inclusive workforce across the city.

Sectors like Healthcare, Technology, Industrial and Manufacturing, Construction, Retail, and Food Service account for about half of all jobs in New York City and offer economic mobility and benefits to both employer and worker through improvements in job quality.

Leverage OneNYC investments to train and employ New Yorkers of all skill levels.

The City will expand targeted hiring programs and establish a "First Look" process that requires employers receiving City contracts to review and consider local qualified workers.

Ensure all New York City students have access to an education that enables them to build 21st century skills through real-world, work-based learning experiences.

The City is committed to preparing our students for the 21st century global economy -- through greater access to educational opportunities in computer science and related disciplines, Career and Technical Education Programs, bilingual learning environments, and the support of advising to prepare students for college degree attainment.

Increase postsecondary attainment.

New York City is committing to increase the number of New York City public schools students attaining Associates' or Bachelor's degrees.