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Employers Say Immigration Reform Won't Lead to Paying All Employees On-the-Books

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A set of stairs leads to a below-the-ground take-out restaurant in Harlem, where half a dozen customers regularly line up. It can take a while to get food here, but on an average day as many as 120 people are willing to wait, because it is delicious and affordable. Tony, the owner, a bulky former Department of Correction officer, has been building the business for a long time.

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Transportation Nation

Feds Investigating Alta Bicycle Share Over DC Pay Dispute

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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After Capital Bikeshare employees complained about unfair wage practices, the Department of Labor opened an investigation into Alta Bicycle Share -- the company operating bike share systems in New York, D.C., and Boston.

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WNYC News

Labor Secretary Visits Staten Island

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited a day worker center on Staten Island that has been involved in cleanup efforts after Sandy. She toured the Midland Beach neighborhood on Thursday.

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WNYC News

NY Gets Funds to Hire Sandy Cleanup Workers

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New York has gotten a $27 million federal grant that will go toward hiring people to help Sandy cleanup efforts.

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The Empire

Comptroller Liu tours the most unemployed county in New York State

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

In a video that first appeared (to my knowledge) on the Norwood News website, New York City Comptroller is seen talking with members of the Bronx Community College about the difficulties faced by students.

According to the News, Liu was on a "mini-tour" which consisted of a trip to a jobs center as well as a senior center:

The Bronx continues to have the highest unemployment in the state, according to the most recent New York State Department of Labor numbers, at 12.1 percent. The city's rate overall stands at 8.7 percent.

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The Empire

State unemployment remains steady, city's job report is "mixed": Dept. of Labor

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The state's Department of Labor just came out with the latest economic portrait of the city and state. State and city unemployment held steady in July, at 8 and 8.7 percent respectively. Both figures were below the national average of 9.1 percent.

“The New York State economy added 14,100 private sector jobs in July 2011, continuing its recovery from the effects of the last recession,” said the state's labor stats chief Bohdan Wynnyk in a statement.

For both the city and state, a clump of sectors--educational & health, professional & business services, and leisure & hospitality--have led in job growth coming out of the recession. Government jobs and manufacturing have continued to see contraction across the state.

Even as job growth continues, the department's analysis of the city's job situation remained uncertain:

Despite strong over-the-year job growth and a generally positive July, the labor market remains mixed with five sectors adding jobs over the past year while four sectors plus government all lost jobs. This is a much more uneven picture than statewide where only manufacturing and government lost jobs over the year.

This, despite the fact the city's private sector growth rate of plus-2 percent outdid both the state and nation.

One area where the tentative recovery news is not being shared is in the African American community. Between July 2010 and June 2011 African Americans were the only tracked group who saw an increasing in unemployment, from 14.2 percent to 14.3 percent. That is more than double the unemployment rate for whites.

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The Empire

New York unemployment update: more of the same

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

While the report from the department of labor doesn't show things getting significantly worse, growth throughout New York City and State has slowed a bit as the unemployment rates for both move sideways, according to James Brown, the departments principal economist.

The unemployment in New York City rose slightly from 8.6 percent in May to 8.8 percent in June--a normal uptick for the summer--with the Bronx remaining the county with the highest unemployment in the state at 12 percent. For the state overall the unemployment rate rose to 8.0 from 7.8 in May. Both the city and state's unemployment rates were down from June 2010. The figures from labor were not seasonably adjusted.

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WNYC News

NY State Offers Businesses Programs to Survive the Recession

Monday, July 06, 2009

rangelDepartment of Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith is traveling throughout New York State encouraging businesses to take advantage of three government programs. Smith says these programs can help employers and workers survive the recession.

The Shared Work Program

If a business ...

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WNYC News

Layoff Watch

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Since February, medium and large employers in New York State have been required to give the Department of Labor 90 days notice before laying off large numbers of workers. The list is available online, and it's fascinating. Recent entries include cafeteria workers at the UN, MTA transit workers, ...

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