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While there is a great deal of scholarly and informed analysis of the various public policy issues within the city of New York, there is much less coverage of the area of upstate New York. Stepping into that literature gap is this recent report from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy group. Released in September 2004, this 20-page report by Rolf Pendall and Susan Christopherson examines the socioeconomic situation of the residents of this region of New York. Some of the findings within the report note that personal income Upstate grew at just half the national rate in the 1990s, and by 2000 lagged the country by 11 percent. Another somewhat disheartening finding of the report is that hour for hour, Upstate workers receive lower wages than people of similar age, race, sex, and educational backgrounds nationwide. The report concludes with several useful policy suggestions that may help alleviate these complex problems.
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