Statewide Employment Initiative Launched by Hochul

J.M. Lesinski
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As the year comes to a close, employment remains an issue here in New York state, and lawmakers are taking action. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently unveiled her new initiative to build on the endeavors already implemented by the New York State Department of Labor to connect job seekers to the more than 220,000 available jobs across the state.

"After the hardship New York's workforce has experienced as a result of COVID-19, it is crucial that we connect individuals looking for jobs with businesses looking to hire," commented Hochul of the initiative. "Streamlining the recruitment process benefits everyone involved, as well as the state as a whole. I look forward to seeing the good that will stem from this initiative as we build New York back better and stronger than it's ever been before."

The new initiative plans to expand existing services like virtual career services, recruitment sessions, and community outreach via the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), who will also be partnering up with community-based organizations to implement the initiative.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive shift, not only in the type of jobs that are available, but also who is looking for work -- when, where, and how -- and the systems and programs needed to assist them,” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said of the initiative. “We have to reimagine how we connect job seekers to these jobs while also meeting the needs of our employers and we need all of our partners, from workforce development to our local community organizations, to help us educate New Yorkers about these critical resources."

Additionally, NYSDOL has launched their own media campaign entitled, “This is Why,” as part of the initiative, and has partnered with numerous state agencies to sponsor the following virtual career fairs across New York state:

December 1 ­ 11 AM - North Country Virtual Career Fair

December 1 - 11 AM - NYS Virtual Clean Tech & Advanced Materials Fair

December 2 - 11 AM - Long Island Virtual Career Fair

December 2 - 11 AM - Mohawk Valley Virtual Career Fair

December 7 - 11 AM - New York City Virtual Career Fair

December 8 - 11 AM - Central NY Virtual Career Fair

December 8 - 11 AM - Finger Lakes Virtual Career Fair

December 9 - 11 AM - Capital Region Virtual Career Fair

December 14 - 11AM - Western NY Virtual Career Fair

December 15 - 11 AM - Hudson Valley Virtual Career

December 16 - 11 AM - Southern Tier Virtual Career Fair

"Many New Yorkers lost jobs or were unable to work with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to struggle to find steady employment,” remarked Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Executive Deputy Commissioner Barbara C. Guinn of the initiative. “Our office will engage community-based organizations that already support low and moderate income households throughout the state so they can help make sure residents are aware of the services available from the Department of Labor to help them connect with jobs, training and other important resources to improve their skills and opportunities for employment."

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