New York, NY —
Mayor Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced today the city will use $32 million of federal stimulus for job training and placement services over the next two years. The training programs will reach about 10,000 New Yorkers, but no jobs are guaranteed at the end of training. When asked whether he's fulfilled his promise in 2005 to create 250,000 new jobs in the city, the mayor said that was difficult to measure. But he says the economy is definitely recovering now, even if some companies are still struggling.
BLOOMBERG: When you talk to small business owners, they'll tell you two or three more people are coming into the store. When you talk to the restauranteurs, they say people are a little more inclined to order a bottle of wine versus a glass of wine.
The city says it's tailoring the training programs for sectors of the economy it predicts will have job opportunities: health services, transportation and manufacturing.