2009-05-29 / Community

Stimulus Jobs Posted On Website

Governor David A. Paterson this week announced that every firm that the State hires with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds is required to post any jobs created by these funds to the New York State Job Bank, which can be accessed at www.labor.ny.gov. In a memo sent this morning, the Governor directed State agencies to work with contracted firms to ensure that the created jobs are posted. This will streamline the often difficult employment search process at a time when many New Yorkers face unemployment, and will more quickly and efficiently achieve the Governor's ultimate goal to get New Yorkers back to work.

The ARRA requires states to track every job created with recovery funds. New York State will go a step further and allow New Yorkers to apply for jobs created with stimulus dollars as they become available. "Government should make job hunting for publicly financed work as simple and streamlined as we can. Today I am asking our State agencies to make job posting as real-time as possible so that we can help get people back to work," Governor Paterson said. "Getting our economy moving again is my highest priority, and the best way to do this is to help people move from collecting unemployment checks to collecting paychecks."

Governor Paterson has also directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to work aggressively to match the State's unemployed to these stimulus jobs. DOL has over 500,000 skilled and experienced New Yorkers in the State's unemployed talent pool who are skilled and ready to work.

New York State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith said: "Governor Paterson is committed to making this stimulus package work for New Yorkers most in need, and the Labor Department is working every day on his behalf to make sure that New Yorkers are being offered employment services of the highest caliber. From our 81 One-Stop Career Centers across the state to virtual One-Stop services on the New York State Job Bank, the Department of Labor is using every single resource at its disposal to put New Yorkers back to work."

New York is expected to receive approximately $26.7 billion in ARRA funding over two years, which the White House estimates will create or retain 215,000 jobs. The New York State Job Bank provides a publicly accessible job-board where businesses can post openings and review resumes, and job seekers can search and apply for positions. The Job Bank is a free service that allows employers to manage their job orders throughout the recruitment process. Companies register through the DOL website, www.labor.ny.gov. Additionally, all of the job orders roll over into the Department of Labor's One-Stop Operating System for local One-Stop Career Centers. The One-Stop Career Center system, established by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), unites the various resources that fund employment and training activities into one physical location to serve customers seeking jobs and businesses seeking workers. There are 33 local areas in New York State that receive WIA funds and comprise the State's one-stop system, including both multicounty and single county areas. All areas have websites and post information about their One-Stop Career Center locations and services. One- Stop Career Center websites can be accessed at: http://www.labor.state. ny.us/workforcenypartners/osview.asp.

One-Stop Career Centers generally include the following: a resource room equipped with personal computers and Internet access, a photocopier, telephones and a fax machine for customer use; customer orientation to one-stop services; customer needs and skills assessments; workshops such as interviewing techniques, basic computer skills and resume preparation; adaptive computer equipment for persons with disabilities; information on how to apply for unemployment insurance; access to job listings; access to career counselors and career information; labor market and demand occupation information; information about training and training providers, as well a wide variety of other information and referrals to community and partner services.

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