New York City is bracing for a sharp increase in its population, with more than 5 million people expected to live in the city by 2020, up from 2 million in 2020, according to a new study.
“There are still a lot of people in New York who have not been able to move to the city,” said Mark Goguen, executive director of the New York Regional Council.
“We need to keep the people moving.”
The report, released Monday, predicts that the city will add a total of 2.5 million residents by 2040, a more than 10 percent increase from 2020.
While that is not as drastic as the state’s projected population surge, it is the largest increase in the state since 2000, when the population shot up by almost 1.2 million people.
New York City also is expected to add nearly 2 million jobs by 2041, including about 500,000 in the hospitality sector.
“We have a real opportunity for a lot more jobs in hospitality and hospitality-related industries, and a lot less in other areas,” Gogen said.
Goguens office is focused on New York, not other areas in the United States, such as Florida and Texas, as his group has been focused on expanding and diversifying its workforce.
But his group also has concerns about what is happening in California, a major labor-heavy state that has seen a steady increase in jobless claims over the past year.
Guguen said that while he is optimistic about the economy, he does not believe that the New Yorkers are getting enough help from the federal government to meet their needs.
“The federal government doesn’t provide a lot,” he said.
“They just put people on the unemployment rolls, which is a good thing, but the problem is that the jobless rate is way down and people are trying to get jobs, but we don’t have the capacity to keep people on those rolls.”
“It’s really hard to put people back to work, to have them work, and to keep them working, because of the nature of the economy and the nature the job market,” Guguens added.
“If you can’t keep people employed and keep people working, it really becomes an economic disaster.”
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo (D) said last week that he is open to considering a federal waiver for some nursing care workers in the U.S. and Canada, and that he hopes to sign such a waiver soon.
He said the waiver would allow up to 50,000 U.N. workers to live and work in New Jersey.
“This is a very good time for New Yorkers to step up, and we are ready to move forward,” Cuomo said.