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Do you have a criminal record? That can be a daunting question for a job seeker. Some Albany County legislators are taking steps to eliminate that query from county job application forms.

New York auditors say Empire State Development Corp., which provides millions of dollars in tax credits to companies that promise to expand and add jobs, has been unable to verify that many companies met their obligations.

A bill that bars employers from asking about a person’s criminal history on a job application form has become law in Vermont.

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In the heart of "Tech Valley," a new survey is out showing Capital Region employers are having difficulty finding high-tech workers.

  Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation. Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Our Ability Alliance dual goals are to inspire those individuals with disabilities to achieve their dreams through education and employment as well as to educate able-bodied individuals about the differences in ability around us. The group’s mission is to build a coalition among businesses in New York State interested in both hiring - and building supplier diversity of businesses owned by - individuals with disabilities.

This morning, we welcome John Robinson, Executive Director of Our Ability Alliance.

  60 Seconds And You’re Hired! has already helped thousands of job seekers get their dream jobs by excelling in crucial interviews.

Top job search expert Robin Ryan draws on her 20 years as a career counselor, 30 years of direct hiring, and extensive contact with hundreds of recruiters, decisions makers, and HR professionals to teach you strategies to help you take charge of the interview process and get the job you want.

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Although the unemployment rate in New York’s North Country remains above the statewide average, businesses are hiring.  In Plattsburgh this afternoon dozens of companies have been participating in a job fair seeking qualified employees.

  It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. But, according to our next guest, during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge.

Harvard University Public Policy Professor, Robert Putnam, says Americans have believed in the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Putnam says this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.

His new book is: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Robert Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books and has consulted for the last four US Presidents.

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The rising global financial tide appears to be brushing the shores of upstate New York's economy.

Gasoline at local pumps is under $2.50 a gallon as global oil prices bottom out. The price of milk is down in some stores. Early in 2015, things appear to be looking bright for people's finances.

  The Newtown massacre is as raw today as it was two years ago.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Sandy Hook was only the beginning.

Although U.S. businesses added fewer jobs than expected in August,  one expert says the fall jobs outlook for the Albany area is promising.

Reflecting the August lull in the national market, Capital Region weekly job postings were 1821 compared to 2480 the week before. NextAct of Colonie's Dan Moran believes the market is about to get more competitive

A new analysis measures the health of the economy: the report offers an optimistic outlook for the next two years.

    

  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.

Flawed System/Flawed Self delves beneath these staggering numbers to explore the world of job searching and unemployment across class and nation.

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Facing what experts predict will be the toughest youth job market in 40 years, a summer youth jobs campaign was launched on Wednesday in western Massachusetts.

A workforce development agency announced a goal of securing 1,000 jobs this summer for youth in Hampden County, a number only slightly higher than the 945 jobs created for young people last year.

    According to lawyer, Steven Harper, a noble profession is facing its defining moment. From law schools to the prestigious firms that represent the pinnacle of a legal career, a crisis is unfolding.

Harper joins us to talk about The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis .

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While the Massachusetts Gaming Commission does not expect to award the first casino license in  the state until a year from now, plans are underway to start training people to fill the thousands of jobs the new gaming industry promises.

Massachusetts has once again been recognized as the number one state in the US for its “New Economy.” WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Full employment used to be an explicit goal of economic policy in most of the industrialized world. Some countries even achieved it. In Back to Full Employment, economist Robert Pollin argues that the United States--today faced with its highest level of unemployment since the Great Depression--should put full employment back on the agenda.

How would you create more jobs in our region?

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The Mayors of Pittsfield and North Adams are encouraging employers in Berkshire County to recognize National Employ Older Workers Week. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports from North Adams, where a proclamation was signed today.

Roger Suters, Director of Community Services at Berkshire Elder Services says that for Berkshire County, the loss of manufacturing jobs has pushed much of the younger work force out. Now, he says, the percentage of workers over the age of 55 in the area is 21%.

       Casino operators are promising thousands of jobs will be created when a resort casino project comes to western Massachusetts.  Labor leaders are working to guarantee construction jobs go only to union workers. A civil rights leader is seeking assurances that jobs will be plentiful for people of color. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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                Military veterans who risked their lives for their country are having an increasingly difficult time finding a job when they return home.  Local organizations with help from federal agencies are trying to help unemployed veterans find jobs in western Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.