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11:05am

Mon April 21, 2014
Poverty

Addressing poverty in New York, county by county

Credit U.S. Census Bureau

The New York State Community Action Association is undertaking a major tour around the state in an effort to bring attention to poverty.

The tour’s first stop, at the Ulster County Community Action headquarters, highlighted their effort to help people prepare for jobs and gain access to everything from food to head start to weatherizing their homes.

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9:36am

Fri March 21, 2014
Veterans

Economic prospects for veterans looking up

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.) stand with a group of veterans in 2012.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Military veterans bring a unique skill set when starting their own businesses, but they also face many of the same challenges as non-veteran entrepreneurs.

There are more than 900,000 vets in New York state and the unemployment rate among those who served in the last decade is consistently higher than state and national levels.

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1:15pm

Thu March 6, 2014
Job Stats

New York state adds 5,400 private sector jobs in January, losses felt in Southern Tier communities

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The New York State Department of Labor says that new figures showing the addition of 5,400 non-farm jobs in January saw the state’s unemployment drop from 7.0% to 6.8%, a five-year low.

The unemployment rate for areas outside NYC was 6% in January, a drop of 1.5% from a year ago.

Job losses for the year January 2013 - January 2014 show up in the non-seasonally adjusted figures for Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Binghamton and Elmira.

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9:32am

Thu February 20, 2014
Jobs

Labor secretary highlights high-tech manufacturing in visit

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, left, tours the Syracuse Center of Excellence with CoE director Ed Bogucz and NuClimate's John DiMillo.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The United States Labor Secretary visited central New York on Wednesday to announce a new workforce training grant program and to emphasize advanced manufacturing.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez went to the Fulton Companies in Pulaski, and then on to the Center of Excellence in Syracuse. Perez, a Buffalo native, was promoting a $150 million workforce training program targeting the long-term unemployed.

"If we reduce that long term unemployment rate to the rates that it’s usually at after recessions, we could bring our unemployment rate down to the low fives," he said.

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10:17am

Tue November 12, 2013
Jobs

Local labor policy aims to address unemployment issues

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Local hiring policies are becoming more commonplace as a way to address regional unemployment and strengthen the tax base. New quotas for local workers were just approved by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

The new labor policy means that construction companies that receive Niagara County IDA economic development incentives will have to recruit at least 90 percent of their workforce from counties in western New York.

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