Research

The Skills Crisis

Report Author: 
Neil Scott Kleiman
Original Date of Publication: 
2000 Aug

Amid unprecedented economic growth, New York City remains unable to bring together employers, job trainers and those left behind by prosperity and in need of training. This report explains why.

Report File: 
Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Between Hope and Hard Times: New York's Working Families in Economic Distress

Report Author: 
David J. Fischer, Tara Colton, Neil S. Kleiman and Karen Schimke
Original Date of Publication: 
2004 Nov

In this first-of-its-kind report, the Center for an Urban Future and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy explore the conditions and policy responses to low-income working families in the Empire State.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Lost in Translation

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2006 Nov

This new report finds that while immigrants have become a growing part of the workforce in nearly every corner of New York State, the state-run English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program has not come close to keeping pace with the demand, creating a skills gap that could hurt the state's economic competitiveness.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Still Lost In Translation

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2007 Nov

This new report by the Center documents that immigrant entrepreneurs have emerged as a key engine of economic growth for cities from New York to Los Angeles--and, with the right support, could provide an even bigger boost to these cities in the years ahead.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Central New York's New Workforce

Report Author: 
Tara Colton
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Apr

This survey of Central New York businesses finds that 40 percent employ workers with limited English proficiency. As immigrants comprise a rising share of the population and workforce throughout the region, upgrading their language skills will be key for local businesses and the area’s future economic growth.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Staten Island: Then and Now

Report Author: 
Laurel Tumarkin and Jonathan Bowles
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

Between 1990 and 2010, no other New York state borough changed as much as Staten Island. This report shows just how the borough has been transformed, partly by the influx of foreign-born persons, with more than 80 graphs and charts detailing trends in demographics, the economy, development, commuting and education.

Source Organization: 
Center for an Urban Future

Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Colombians: A Scan of Needs of Recent Latin American Immigrants to the Boston Area (Summary of findings)

Report Author: 
Miren Uriarte, Phil Granberry, Megan Halloran, Susan Kelly, Rob Kramer, Sandra Winkler with Jennifer Murillo, Udaya Wagle and Randall Wilson
Original Date of Publication: 
2003 Dec

This report focuses on four groups of recent Latin American immigrants to the Boston area — Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans and Colombians — about whom relatively little is known.  Although these groups have been represented in the Boston area for several decades, their numbers leaped in the 1990s, contributing notably to the growing diversity both of our region and of the Latino population.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans and Colombians: A scan of needs of recent Latin American immigrants to the Boston area

Report Author: 
Miren Uriarte, Phil Granberry, Megan Halloran, Susan Kelly, Rob Kramer, Sandra Winkler with Jennifer Murillo, Udaya Wagle and Randall Wilson
Original Date of Publication: 
2003 Dec

The 2000 U.S. Census brought confirmation of the increase of the Latino population and of the growing diversity of Latino national groups that now make this region their home. Latinos now number 428,729, a 55% increase over their numbers in 1990.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

When They Need Help the Most: Immigration Status and Access to Public Services

Report Author: 
Miren Uriarte and Philip Granberry
Original Date of Publication: 
2006 Dec

Ending unauthorized immigration is at the heart of current federal initiatives in both immigration and social policy. The intertwining of these two areas of policy is nowhere clearer than in the 1996 passage of both the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), better known as Welfare Reform, and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). Immigration status became a key point of differentiation in access to public benefits.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts

Latinos in Massachusetts Selected Areas: Lowell

Report Author: 
Phillip Granberry and Sarah Rustan
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Sep

This report provides a descriptive snapshot of selected economic, social, educational and demographic indicators pertaining to Latinos in Lowell. It analyzes data from the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The ACS's smallest geographic area is a Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA) consisting of a minimum census population of 100,000. Lowell is a large enough city that it constitutes a PUMA by itself. The ACS thereby enables us to arrive at a demographic and economic portrait of Lowell's Latino community.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts