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STATE LABOR DEPARTMENT AND PARTNERS ASSIST AMERICAN HOME MORTGAGE WORKERS
Mobilize to Offer Services to Affected Employees

Albany, NY (August 10, 2007) - The New York State Department of Labor today announced a plan to aid workers affected by the mass layoff at American Home Mortgage (AHM). The company recently closed the doors at its Melville office, leaving over 1,400 people out of work. “The workers need to know that the Department of Labor is here to help and we will do whatever we can to reconnect them to employers,” said Commissioner M. Patricia Smith. “We have a wide range of expertise and free services available to these workers, from unemployment benefits filing, to retraining programs to employment counseling.”

The Department of Labor, working with regional workforce development partners, will focus its resources on Long Island to speed assistance to AHM workers. This aggressive effort will include: a customized recruiting event, resume preparation, career counseling, job placement assistance, information about training opportunities and targeted labor market information that highlights developing fields/expanding industries.

The department encourages all the impacted workers to visit their local One-Stop Career Centers, located at 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa; 50 Clinton Street, Hempstead; 301 W. Old County Road, Hicksville; 650 Magnolia Boulevard, Long Beach; and at 160 South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue; and 725 Veteran's Memorial Hwy., Hauppauge. Customers can use computers, telephones and fax machines for job searches, and receive professional assistance. There is also a link to statewide and nationwide job openings through America's Job Exchange at:www.americasjobexchange.com/ny.

Customers can file a claim and certify for unemployment insurance benefits by phone or via the Internet. To claim Unemployment Insurance benefits by phone, call 1-888-209-8124 or go to the following link to file a claim online: ui.labor.state.ny.us/UBC/home.do.

The Labor Department administers the Unemployment Insurance program. Unemployment Insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, are ready, willing and able to work and have sufficient work time and wages with their previous employer. The department evaluates claims for unemployment insurance benefits and makes an eligibility determination without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age or marital status.

For more information regarding available employment services, go to the following link for assistance: www.labor.state.ny.us/careerservices/CareerServicesIndex.shtm.

For information regarding general services provided by the New York State Department of Labor, go to the following link: www.labor.state.ny.us.