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Mar 15, 2019

DA honored for work on unemployment fraud

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley has been presented with a Certification of Merit from the New York State Department of Labor, for recovering more than $2 million during her time in office. Since 2012, the DA’s Office recovered the money from people convicted of unemployment insurance fraud. In 2012, Doorley created the Economics Crime […]

Jul 16, 2015

Unemployment lowest in 7 years

In June, New York state’s private sector job count climbed by 24,200, or 0.3 percent to 7.8 million, a new record high, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor. Over the past two months, the state has added 67,800 private sector jobs. This is the state’s largest two-month jobs gain […]

Apr 7, 2015

US job openings surge; employers slow to hire

WASHINGTON — U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month. On a brighter note, the Labor Department also said Tuesday that layoffs fell sharply. Taken together, the figures suggest that signs of a stumbling economy prompted U.S. businesses to pull back […]

Dec 18, 2014

State unemployment rate drops to 5.9 percent

The statewide unemployment rate in New York declined slightly in November from 6 percent to 5.9 percent, reaching its lowest level since September 2008, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the state Department of Labor. In addition, New York City’s unemployment rate fell from 6.4 percent to 6.3 percent, reaching its lowest level since […]

Jan 7, 2014

Fed chair, unemployment on tap as Congress returns

WASHINGTON — Back to work on Monday, Congress faces a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year that will determine control of the House and Senate. President Barack Obama’s nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve and a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed […]

May 1, 2013

Fed keeps stimulus, says taxes and cuts have hurt

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday stood by its aggressive efforts to stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment. And it sent its most explicit signal to date that tax increases and spending cuts that kicked in this year are slowing the economy. “Fiscal policy is restraining economic growth,” the Fed said in a statement […]

Dec 4, 2012

Education, business leaders tackle skills gap

BUFFALO — New York education and business leaders will brainstorm this week to address the conflicting problems of unemployment and unfilled jobs. A conference planned by the state Education Department will focus on how to prepare students to land jobs at companies like IBM, whose leaders describe a “skills gap” separating the availability of workers […]

Jun 8, 2012

US unemployment aid applications fall to 377K

WASHINGTON — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in five weeks. But the drop suggests only modest job growth after three months of weak hiring.   The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for weekly benefits dropped by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 377,000. That’s […]

May 11, 2012

Labor grant helps RochesterWorks!

Part of a $65.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help speed up hiring for those individuals receiving unemployment compensation benefits is coming to Rochester in the form of up to five new career service advisors. “This is something we couldn’t afford to do ourselves,” said RochesterWorks! Executive Director Peter Pecor. The new career […]

Mar 15, 2012

Fewer seek unemployment aid, tying a 4-year low

WASHINGTON — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market is strengthening. And in another reassuring sign for the economy, wholesale inflation remains mild outside of higher gas prices. Applications for unemployment aid dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 351,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That matches a […]

Mar 9, 2012

Unemployment apps hover near low levels

WASHINGTON — Slightly more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000. The four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations, remained at roughly 355,000. That’s essentially uncha[...]

Feb 16, 2012

Unemployment applications drop to a 4-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in the U.S. fell to the lowest point in almost four years last week, the latest signal that the job market is steadily improving. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the fourth drop […]

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