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New Yorkers Face ‘Downward Mobility’ as One Third Can’t Retire

About one third of New York City residents nearing retirement age won’t be able to quit or will have to rely entirely on Social Security because they have less than $10,000 in savings, according to a study released today.

About 40 percent of New York workers had access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan in 2009, compared with the national average of 53 percent, according to the report by the New School’s Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. It was released by the Office of New York City Comptroller John Liu.