Did you know that the industrial sector provides over half a million jobs, more than NYC’s technology or finance sectors, and supports a pathway to the middle class? EssentialNYC is a campaign that sheds light on how a thriving industrial sector is essential to the city’s economy and to the every-day experiences of New Yorkers, including the functioning of NYC’s job market, resiliency, and future as an innovation hub.
The campaign seeks to educate New Yorkers about the vital role the industrial sector plays in keeping New York City running. From Broadway to e-commerce to affordable housing to food and medical equipment, the businesses that comprise the industrial sector keep us healthy, housed, clothed, fed, and entertained. The industrial sector is the backbone of our urban ecosystem, yet the ‘behind the curtain’ nature of these businesses leave them vulnerable to policies that undermine the infrastructure, operations, and future of this vital segment of our economy.
- New York City’s industrial sector is more diverse compared to the industrial sector nationwide. In Brooklyn, Black employees make up over 36 percent of the workers in the Industrial sector compared with 13 percent nationwide.
- MWBE firms account for 19 percent of the NYC industrial sector.
- All of the industrial sectors are expected to grow in the United States with the exception of the utility sector.
- The industrial sectors offer higher wages than other sectors such as food and accommodation, with manufacturing and utilities having the highest salary ranges.
- The industrial sectors represent opportunities for those without college degrees. 19 percent of jobs posted in the manufacturing sector do not require any college education; for other industrial sectors, such as transportation, waste management, and construction, those percentages are 42 percent, 57.6 percent, and 34 percent, respectively (Burning Glass).
Resiliency and security:
- Distribution firms keep food and other essential goods flowing to NYC communities.
- Hardware manufacturers pivoted to provide over a million PPE to 100 healthcare facilities.
- Garment manufacturers provided over 400,000 isolation gowns to city hospitals.
- Technology manufacturers pivoted to produce 3,000 ventilators in one month.
- Distilleries and breweries pivoted to manufacture sanitizer.
- Utilities facilitated infrastructure of remote work.
- Heavy materials manufacturers provided plexiglass dividers to businesses.
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