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200,000 New Yorkers to begin Exhausting Unemployment in 3 weeks; Labor Department pushes for Federal Extension

Commissioner Gardner Urges New Yorkers to Come Back to One-Stop Career Centers Immediately

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Albany, NY (November 12, 2010) -

These are the facts: Without federal legislation to extend Unemployment Insurance benefits past November 28, some 200,000 New Yorkers will prematurely exhaust their extended UI benefits by the end of the year.

                With this in mind, today State Labor Commissioner Colleen C. Gardner issued a plea to New York's unemployed to visit one of the 81 One-Stop Career Centers across the state and take advantage of the services they offer.

                "Finding a job is a full-time job for hundreds of thousands of unemployed New Yorkers, but they don't have to do it alone," said Commissioner Gardner.  "To the unemployed: I urge you to go back to your nearest One-Stop Career Center right away.  To the ‘99 weekers' out there: we know you're struggling.  We haven't forgotten about you.  To our nation's lawmakers: now is the time for decisive action on behalf of our nation's unemployed.  There is not a moment to lose." 

                 UI extension programs currently total 93 weeks in New York State. Without federal legislation to extend the filing deadlines for these programs, some 200,000 New Yorkers will run out of benefits at the end of the year. They may never even reach the 93-week threshold.  The federal legislation allows people who get extended benefits to finish their tier. But, now they may not enter the next tier of the extension programs.  Through May 1, 2011, the number of affected individuals in NYS may grow to 400,000. That is when they'll also be unable to make the jump from one tier of UI benefits to the next. 

New Yorkers who may run out of UI early, by Region:

     

Region

Exhausting By December 31, 2010

Exhausting By May 1, 2011

Capital

                           9,000

                    19,000

Central New York

                           8,000

                    16,000

Finger Lakes

                         11,000

                   23,000

Hudson Valley

                         20,000

                    39,000

Long Island

                         28,000

                    56,000

Mohawk Valley

                           4,000

                      9,000

New York City

                         95,000

                  190,000

North Country

                           4,000

                      9,000

Southern Tier

                           6,000

                    11,000

Western New York

                        14,000

                    28,000

Total

                       200,000

                  400,000

"The extension of unemployment insurance has provided a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of unemployed New Yorkers and a boost to our economy," said Commissioner Gardner.  "We are asking Congress to take action to meet the dire needs of the record number of long-term unemployed people who are eager to work but cannot find a job."

One-Stop Career Center staff can help people write the perfect resume to fit any occasion, hone their interview skills and learn to network.  Beyond job search aid, One-Stops host targeted job fairs for businesses that want to hire quickly.  They also offer SMART 2010 online job matching to job seekers.  This tool already has helped thousands of New Yorkers find new leads to get back to work.

The Labor Department knows that many of New York's unemployed prefer to conduct their job searches at home on their computers. They may have limited access to transportation to visit their nearest One-Stop Career Center regularly.  For these New Yorkers, the department has produced videos ranging from Creating the Right Resume to a Hiring Manager's Advice to Job Seekers . People can view these online.  

"These videos are quick, easy to understand and offer sound advice to job seekers both in and out of the workforce," said Commissioner Gardner.  "They are invaluable resources for every New Yorker."

For a complete list of One-Stop Career Centers

Through October 2010, 107,000 New Yorkers have run out of 93 or 99 weeks of benefits.  Many have found access to additional government assistance through web sites like www.mybenefits.ny.gov.  Legislation has been proposed to add a tier of 20 additional weeks of benefits.  DoL continues to follow this and other legislation to help New York's unemployed closely.

Be sure to visit www.labor.ny.gov to stay apprised of the latest happenings at the Department of Labor. 

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