ALBANY, New York (AP) -- Though Wall Street recorded $10.1 billion in profits for the first half of 2013, New York's comptroller says federal budget dithering, higher interest rates and litigation may slow earnings for the last half in a securities industry that has kept trimming jobs.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli projects in a report Tuesday that overall earnings have been limited to $15 billion this year, compared with $23.9 billion last year.
The annual report says there were 163,400 total jobs on Wall Street in August, down from 168,700 a year earlier.
But New York's financial sector still has 2.5 times more jobs than No. 2 California and it pays an average $360,700 salary, or about five times more than the rest of New York City's private sector.
DiNapoli predicts the industry will continue to streamline.