Tonawanda News — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging those whose longterm unemployment benefits are set to expire to seek one of 74,000 job openings now available.
Cuomo said the website Jobs Express, which was designed to assist New York state residents, already has helped 59,000 individuals find work since it was first launched in October 2011.
“More than 4,600 employers across the state are hiring now and I urge all New Yorkers who are looking for work to visit Jobs Express,” Cuomo said.
Currently 4,614 employers have 74,810 job vacancies available on Jobs Express, with 5,843 employers who list their jobs on the site reporting more than 59,586 new hires. The governor said the site has proven a viable option for those those seeking work.
With extended unemployment benefits expiring this week, job-seekers are encouraged to apply for these jobs which are in a wide range of entry level and professional fields and pay scale. Those looking for employment can also visit the New York State Department of Labor’s 88 one-stop career centers for expert assistance in job interview preparation.
“The Department of Labor has been our go-to source for our hiring needs for years,” said Kathie O’Mara, Associate Director of Human Resources at Apex Tool Group. “This year was a particularly busy one for us in the area of recruitment. We hired 29 new hourly employees in our facility.”
Kathy Watson, Director of Human Resources at Timeless Frames, Decor and Expressions, said, her company has developed a strong working relationship with the department and posts all of its available positions through the state entity.
“We plan to continue using this great service to give us a competitive advantage in our hiring efforts,” she said.
The Jobs Express website takes thousands of jobs posted by employers and sorts them by region to help job seekers evaluate what industries are growing in their area and find out what opportunities are available in specific economic sectors. To visit Jobs Express, go to http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm.