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FPI County by County Impact of Raising Min Wage

FPI County by County Impact of Raising Min Wage

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What is the county-by-countyimpact of raising New York’sminimum wage to $8.50 an hour?
The New York State Assembly recentlyvoted to increase the state’s minimumwage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour. Overone million New York workers wouldbenefit from such an increase. Anestimated 880,000 workers whocurrently are paid less than $8.50 anhour would benefit directly. About200,000 more workers—those earningslightly more than $8.50 an hour—would likely see an increase as a resultof a spillover effect as employers seekto maintain relative wage patternsamong their employees.Statewide, the estimated 880,000workers who would directly benefit froma minimum wage increase represent10.1 percent of all resident New Yorkworkers. Among several of the state'slarger upstate counties, the share ofworkers who would benefit from aminimum wage increase is well abovethe statewide average: in BroomeCounty 12.6 percent of workers wouldbenefit, in Oneida County 12.5 percent,in Erie County 11.4 percent, in MonroeCounty 11.1 percent and in OnondagaCounty 10.9 percent.The share of workers affected by anincrease is below the statewide averagein the downstate suburban counties and inNew York City. However, despite theselower shares, the majority of affectedworkers reside in the higher-costdownstate region: 352,000 New York Cityworkers would directly benefit, as would126,500 Long Island workers and 72,500workers in the northern suburban countiesof Westchester, Rockland, Orange andPutnam counties.In all, 18 counties in New York State eachhave 10,000 or more workers who woulddirectly benefit from an increase in theminimum wage to $8.50 an hour.These estimates were developed by theFiscal Policy Institute using the 2011Current Population Survey to generate thestatewide, New York City and balance ofstate estimates. County estimates weregenerated using each county’s share oflow-income tax filers for 2008, the latestyear for detailed tax data.
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Numbers that Count
New York workers who would benefit from an increase in theminimum wage to $8.50 an hour, by county of residence
In the higher- cost downstatregion, 352,000 New York Citworkers would benefit directly 
as would 126,500 Long Island workers and 72,50workers in the northern suburban counties 
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Annual averageresidentemploymentNumber ofworkers directlybenefitingPercent ofworkers directlybenefitingNew York State total8,729,600880,10010.1%New York City3,592,200352,0009.8%
Bronx 478,400 66,700 13.9%Kings 1,011,300 105,500 10.4%Manhattan 853,300 63,500 7.4%Queens 1,028,000 99,500 9.7%Richmond 221,300 16,800 7.6%
Rest of State5,137,300528,60010.3%
Albany 143,000 14,700 10.3%Allegany 21,700 2,300 10.6%Broome 85,900 10,800 12.6%Cattaraugus 36,800 4,300 11.7%Cayuga 37,400 3,900 10.4%Chautauqua 58,000 7,300 12.6%Chemung 36,900 4,600 12.5%Chenango 22,600 2,700 11.9%Clinton 34,300 4,100 12.0%Columbia 28,100 3,100 11.0%Cortland 22,000 2,300 10.5%Delaware 19,600 2,400 12.2%Dutchess 134,400 12,400 9.2%Erie 424,100 48,200 11.4%Essex 16,000 2,000 12.5%Franklin 20,300 2,400 11.8%Fulton 24,100 2,800 11.6%Genesee 29,600 3,200 10.8%Greene 21,600 2,500 11.6%Hamilton 2,800 300 10.7%Herkimer 28,300 3,200 11.3%Jefferson 44,200 5,000 11.3%Lewis 11,300 1,200 10.6%Livingston 29,600 3,000 10.1%Madison 33,000 3,200 9.7%Monroe 339,000 37,600 11.1%Montgomery 21,400 2,900 13.6%
Numbers that Count
Among several of the state's larger upstatcounties, the share of workers who would benefit is well above the statewide average 
New York workers who would benefit from an increase in theminimum wage to $8.50 an hour, by county of residence, cont.
Source: Estimates by Fiscal Policy Institute. Current Population Survey analyzed toestimate number of workers directly affected for New York State and New York City by aminimum wage increase to $8.50. Rest of State estimate of 528,600 is the differencebetween the statewide and the NYC estimates. County and NYC borough shares ofaffected workers based on county shares of low-income tax filers (income less than$20,000), 2008 tax return data, New York State Tax and Finance Department.
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Annual averageresidentemploymentNumber ofworkers directlybenefitingPercent ofworkers directlybenefiting
Nassau635,90060,5009.5%Niagara100,90012,00011.9%Oneida99,00012,40012.5%Onondaga209,80022,80010.9%Ontario52,1005,40010.4%Orange160,30015,4009.6%Orleans17,3002,10012.1%Oswego51,6005,90011.4%Otsego28,9003,10010.7%Putnam50,5003,9007.7%Rensselaer75,4007,5009.9%Rockland145,70013,0008.9%Saratoga108,0009,9009.2%Schenectady68,5007,70011.2%Schoharie14,0001,40010.0%Schuyler9,2001,00010.9%Seneca15,5001,80011.6%St. Lawrence43,4005,20012.0%Steuben40,2005,00012.4%Suffolk721,30066,0009.2%Sullivan31,2003,80012.2%Tioga22,9002,50010.9%Tompkins52,1003,8007.3%Ulster80,5008,90011.1%Warren32,7003,80011.6%Washington29,7003,00010.1%Wayne43,4004,80011.1%Westchester440,60040,2009.1%Wyoming18,5002,00010.8%Yates12,2001,40011.5%

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