Job Growth (and Transit Demand) in NYC's Outer Boroughs

The number of jobs in New York City’s outer boroughs grew twice as fast as in Manhattan, according to new data from the city’s economic development corporation reported by the NY Daily News.

Outer-borough job growth outpacing Manhattan is not a new trend, though it has picked up speed -- up to 6.4% between the end of 2013 through mid 2011, compared with 4.7% between 2011 and 2013. Both jobs and population have been growing faster in the outer boroughs for over the past two decades. As RPA’s Overlooked Boroughs study last year highlighted, transit trips within and between Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island have followed suit.

“From 2000-2010, the number of people living and working in the boroughs grew by 242,000, while those destined for Manhattan grew by only 105,000.”

RPA’s 2015 report shines a light on where the city’s transit system falls short in meeting the needs of outer borough residents and outlines short- and long-term solutions to address these problems. Learn more at