Two-thirds of the humanities and tradition jobs in New York Metropolis are gone
New York’s museums, sports arenas, and entertainment venues are slowly coming to life. However, the sector has shrunk dramatically under the pressure of the global pandemic, according to a report by the State Comptroller’s Office.
The arts, entertainment and leisure jobs were down 66% year over year in 2020. That was the biggest drop among the city’s economic sectors and erased a decade of gains in one of New York’s most dynamic industries, the report said. The Chelsea and Midtown Manhattan business district was the hardest hit area in the city, accounting for 46% of all jobs in the industry.
“The Covid-19 outbreak is having a profound and negative impact on the industry,” Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a statement on Wednesday. “It has shut down facilities, made thousands unemployed, and brought companies to the brink of collapse.”
Before the pandemic, New York City attracted 67 million tourists annually to attend Broadway shows, Yankees games, and Madison Square Garden concerts, generating $ 70 billion in economic activity. This month, Governor Andrew Cuomo took steps to reopen movie theaters, amusement parks, sports arenas and other venues with limited capacity, but employment growth and tourism remain stifled.
As of February 4, 59% of arts and entertainment businesses and 63% of sports and recreational facilities in New York City have closed since early March, according to software and business services provider Womply.
The arts, entertainment and recreation in New York City accounted for 93,500 private jobs in 6,250 establishments in 2019, the auditor said. More than half of these workers are men and 56% are white, compared to 50% of the urban workforce who are men and 35% who are white.
Direct help from the federal government and state and local programs to create safe venues for artists and entertainers are steps in the right direction, but more help is needed “to keep the lights on,” he said.
More than 60% of the city’s arts and entertainment businesses received loans from the federal government’s paycheck protection program. A new federal aid package provides $ 15 billion nationwide for closed live venues.
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