Census figures due out today paint a bleak picture of unemployment and poverty in Syracuse, with numbers suggesting the recovery has not found the city so far.
Census estimates put Syracuse's unemployment rate at a four-year high of 14 percent in 2012, which is nearly twice that of the rest of the four-county metro area. For people and children living in poverty, the numbers are even more sobering. More than a third of city residents were in 2012. For children, the rate was a stunning 55 percent.
Figures for Onondaga, Madison, Oswego and Madison counties are better, but not by much. Median incomes are lower than in 2008 and 2011, and it has been flat for men for the same time period. Women are the bright spot, with median earnings increasing every year since 2008 except 2010. Mayor Stephanie Miner says she is not surprised the unemployment and poverty numbers are so high. She says she had guessed that unemployment was actually higher than the 14 percent figure.