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America's Job Growth Is Polarized, and Even More So in New York

  • Gains are weighted toward the top and the bottom of the scale
  • That’s especially true in Upstate New York and New York City
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Jobs in the middle of the pay scale in America -- those in fields including construction, administrative support and education -- count for a smaller share of recent employment gains, and fresh research shows that polarization is particularly true in New York.

In the area around and including New York City, high-wage jobs are dominating employment gains, followed by lower-end jobs. Comparatively fewer jobs were added in middle-income occupations between 2015 and 2017, based on a new Federal Reserve Bank of New York regional economy briefing. It defines middle-earning occupations as those paying $30,000 to $60,000 a year, based on national median wage data.