This report examines employment trends and poverty status among men and women aged 25-54 in the New York City metropolitan area. The report assesses the characteristics of these persons, while examining trends and differences in poverty status by sex, race/ethnicity, and across the five largest Latino nationalities.
This report uses the American Community Survey PUMS (Public Use Microdata Series) data for all years released by the Census Bureau and reorganized for public use by the Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, IPUMSusa, (https://usa.ipums.org/usa/index.shtml). See Public Use Microdata Series Steven Ruggles, J. Trent Alexander, Katie Genadek, Ronald Goeken, Matthew B. Schroeder, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 5.0 [Machine-readable database]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2017.
Generally, among the employed population, full-year employment increased over this period. By 2017, 84.7% of employed men and 79.9% of employed women worked for the full year. By 2017, personal incomes among working poor men were 4.5 times lower than personal incomes among employed men not in poverty ($10,191 compared to $56,051); 3.5 times lower among working poor women compared to employed women not in poverty. Full-year and full-time employment may still not be enough to lift some groups out of poverty.
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