unemployment http://wamc.org en Massachusetts Promotes Career Centers To Help Long-term Jobless http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-promotes-career-centers-help-long-term-jobless <p>Massachusetts has announced a rebranding of its regional employment offices as part of a campaign to get the long-term unemployed back to work.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian said her office will put up 62 billboards across the state, put ads on the internet, and signs on mass transit in an effort to increase usage of the state’s 33 one-stop career centers.</p><p> " We&nbsp; are rebranding our efforts so that job seekers know how many services we offer to the job seeker and to the employer."</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:54:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 91849 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Promotes Career Centers To Help Long-term Jobless Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-paul-tonko-21 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Long-term unemployment affects millions of Americans.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the unemployed deserve support in their time of need.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 88825 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner with Paul Tonko Congressional Corner With Sean Patrick Maloney http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-sean-patrick-maloney-15 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Unemployment is a national problem, especially since the recession.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that benefits must be extended to the long-term unemployed.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 88144 at http://wamc.org Congressional Corner With Sean Patrick Maloney Kaprielian: Massachusetts Job Growth Best Since 2000 http://wamc.org/post/kaprielian-massachusetts-job-growth-best-2000 <p>Revised numbers out today show Massachusetts added 55,200 jobs last year, almost all of them in the private sector. State officials say it is the largest number of new jobs in a December-to-December period since 2000. The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in January. The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rachel Kaprielian, said the job gains were varied. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:35:00 +0000 Brian Shields 85260 at http://wamc.org Kaprielian: Massachusetts Job Growth Best Since 2000 "Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching And Unemployment Experiences" By Ofer Sharone http://wamc.org/post/flawed-systemflawed-self-job-searching-and-unemployment-experiences-ofer-sharone <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today 4.7 million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months. In France more than ten percent of the working population is without work. In Israel it’s above seven percent. And in Greece and Spain, that number approaches thirty percent. Across the developed world, the experience of unemployment has become frighteningly common—and so are the seemingly endless tactics that job seekers employ in their quest for new work.</p><p><em>Flawed System/Flawed Self</em> delves beneath these staggering numbers to explore the world of job searching and unemployment across class and nation.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84597 at http://wamc.org "Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching And Unemployment Experiences" By Ofer Sharone "The Leading Indicators" By Zachary Karabell http://wamc.org/post/leading-indicators-zachary-karabell <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We are bombarded every day with numbers that tell us how we are doing, whether the economy is growing or shrinking, whether the future looks bright or dim. Gross national product, balance of trade, unemployment, inflation, and consumer confidence guide our actions, yet few of us know where these numbers come from, what they mean, or why they rule our world.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84344 at http://wamc.org "The Leading Indicators" By Zachary Karabell Stephen Gottlieb: Putting People To work In Cities And Towns http://wamc.org/post/stephen-gottlieb-putting-people-work-cities-and-towns <p>Nationally, Republicans are still fighting unemployment relief and virtually every piece of a public safety net. Their solution to every problem is to blame the victim. Out of work? Must be because people didn't look, or just like poverty. Never mind people spending their days looking for work. It must be their fault, because the only victims worth caring about, of what we politely call the business cycle, are businessmen. Everything would be fine if people would work for pennies a day like much of the world, so the companies they work for could pocket the difference while workers forego food, clothing, shelter and health.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Stephen Gottlieb 82288 at http://wamc.org Unemployment Benefits End For Thousands In Western MA http://wamc.org/post/unemployment-benefits-end-thousands-western-ma <p>The end of 2013 also marks the end of benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.</p><p>Checks from the federal government providing aid to those unemployed for more than 30 weeks stopped for nearly 1,000 people in Berkshire County this week. John Barrett is the director of <a href="http://www.berkshireworks.org/" target="_blank">Berkshire Works</a>, an organization that provides career-driven services and unemployment assistance.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:50:39 +0000 Jim Levulis 80864 at http://wamc.org Unemployment Benefits End For Thousands In Western MA NYS Jobless Rate Drops http://wamc.org/post/nys-jobless-rate-drops <p></p><p>A sign that New York State's economic fortunes are on an uptick — some encouraging numbers have been released by the labor department.</p><p>State officials say New York's unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent in October to 7.4 percent in November, the lowest level in nearly five years.&nbsp; Career-transition expert Dan Moran with NextAct of Colonie says while the number may seem small, it is "significant."&nbsp; "That's a nice, healthy drop in the unemployment rate, and as well the number of new jobs that hit the market. We are seeing real job growth."</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:25:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 80501 at http://wamc.org NYS Jobless Rate Drops New Yorkers Pay a Price for Longer Unemployment http://wamc.org/post/new-yorkers-pay-price-longer-unemployment <p>A new report on the status of workers finds the period since the 2008 market crash may turn out to be a “lost decade” for New Yorkers, as wages stagnate and the average time for unemployment lengthens. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 72460 at http://wamc.org New Yorkers Pay a Price for Longer Unemployment