Bed-Stuy is booming.
Bed-Stuy is booming. Photo credit:

A report by the NY State comptroller finds: Between 2009 and 2017, job growth exceeded 70 percent in Bedford Stuyvesant, and business sales have more than doubled in the area.

Bed-Stuy is booming.
Bed-Stuy is booming. Photo credit:

Employment grew faster in Brooklyn since the end of the recession than in the rest of New York City, the state and the nation, and its unemployment rate has fallen to a record low, according to a report released on Friday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“Its an exciting time for Brooklyn with record employment, business growth and a budding tech sector,” said DiNapoli. “Brooklyn is also home to world-class cultural and academic institutions, which play an important role in the local economy and in attracting new residents.

The report finds: Brooklyn has set employment records for eight consecutive years. Since 2009, the borough added 172,600 private sector jobs, far more than the 1,400 lost during the recession. In 2017, private sector employment grew by 4.4 percent, nearly twice as fast as the city overall. Job growth exceeded 50 percent between 2009 and 2017 in the areas of Bedford Stuyvesant (77 percent), Flatbush (70 percent), Borough Park (66 percent), Bensonhurst (62 percent) and Sheepshead Bay (59 percent).

The boroughs unemployment rate fell from the recessionary peak of 9.9 percent in 2010 to 4.6 percent in 2017. And the trend continues as the rate declined further to 4.2 percent in April 2018. In some neighborhoods and for some segments of the population, the unemployment rate is even higher, according to the report.

“I am thrilled to see that Brooklyn’s economy continues to set records, with our unemployment rate falling to a record low and our employment rate growing faster since the end of the recession,” said New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo. We must work diligently to ensure that the economic benefits are felt by all of Brooklyn’s families and communities, and by its small businesses.”

In 2017, there were 61,300 businesses, marking a 32 percent increase since the end of the recession. In the same period, business sales grew by 48 percent, reaching a record of $13.6 billion in 2016. The areas of Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Bedford Stuyvesant had the fastest growth, with sales more than doubling in each neighborhood.

Health care is the largest employer in Brooklyn with 149,100 jobs in 2017. Since 2009, the sector has seen a 54 percent increase, far more than any other sector, according to the report. Retail trade is the second-largest employer with 77,100 jobs; the sector grew by 36 percent between 2009 and 2017, more than twice as fast as in the rest of the city. Also the technology field joins the boroughs fastest-growing employment sectors. Since 2009, employment has grown by 57 percent, and with an average salary of $92,900, technology is also among the boroughs highest-paying industries.

Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who represents the 8th Congressional District of New York, is not surprised by the borough’s success.

“Brooklyn is a diverse mosaic of some of the smartest people and best-run companies in the world,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.”We must continue to work diligently to ensure that people have access to good-paying jobs and that businesses have the freedom and resources needed to thrive. I am incredibly fortunate to represent such a magical place.

To read the complete report, go here.

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  1. It is such a travesty that you don’t mention the NYC Council Member from the 36th CD Robert E. Cornegy Jr, of Bedford Stuyvesant, who should receive most if not some of the credit for this resurgence in Bed Stuy economic development. However you mention the City Council member now majority leader who intentionally neglects to support a business in her own district, probably for political reasons. Sour grapes, maybe, but give credit where its due.

  2. More jobs is great, but Bed Stuy really is a tale of two neighborhoods, separate and unequal. Governed like a pre-civil rights bunker. There is the historic district (Stuyvesant heights) which separated itself apart from the rest of the community. And then the rest of the community, more north and west – with beautiful blocks worthy of landmarking but…that’s a whole ‘nuther story.
    The vast majority of resources are steered towards the residents living in the historic district. There is a rsvp system in place for important public meetings and town halls that weed folks out according to their address. If you live on the wrong block, you don’t get into these community meetings. If you call Cornegy’s office with a question, you get a vague response again related to which street you live on. There is the recurring K-2 drug problem at Broadway/Myrtle, poor public services, like sanitation (rats), police and safety (never seen a beat-cop on my street). One day Von King Park may even burn down with the over flow of folks barbequing – there is a need for designated spaces and nobody is minding the store. Job improvement is a great sign for the neighborhood, but are the jobs for ALL (like Laurie Cumbo said) or just some people who live on certain blocks? This type of segregation does not occur in Fort Greene or Clinton Hill.

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