STATE SNAPSHOT: New York
State: 18,196,601 (ranks third in nation)
New York City: 7,428,162
New York City area: 5.4%
New York City area: $231,400
Finance, communications, services, fashion, manufacturing, tourism
IBM, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, General Electric, Time Warner
The state's economy remains relatively strong. Housing costs are up; prime
apartments in Manhattan are going for 20 percent more than a year ago.
The state sales tax is 4.0 percent, with an additional 1.0-4.25 percent rate
imposed by counties; the state income tax rate is 7.125 percent; and property taxes are
administered locally, so rates vary.
"New York's economy continues to grow and the unemployment rate is at its lowest
point since November 1988. The number of private-sector jobs in the state are at a
-- Thomas Rodick, research director, New York State Department of Labor, Albany,
IT salaries, New York City
Vice president, IS: $439,992
IS director: $373,888
Network services: $236,424
New York State -www.state.ny.us
New York's official site includes economic data, along with business development
information and links to state agencies.
The New York Times provides a well-designed online guide to the Big Apple life.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of
Realtors, Relocation Central, Positive Support Review Salary Survey