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The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate held steady last month at 3.6 percent.

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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.

Unemployment Down, But Dream Jobs Still Out Of Reach

Aug 30, 2015
Acadia Otlowski













In New York and Connecticut, unemployment is at 5.4 percent, the lowest it has been in seven years. Nationwide, unemployment has dropped its lowest levels since the recession, giving those entering the workforce more opportunity. But for many, that elusive dream job is still out of reach. 

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A New York congressman is sponsoring a bipartisan bill to reform the veterans employment program.

Connecticut's Labor Department says the state added jobs for a sixth straight month in July, dropping the unemployment rate to 6.6 percent.

Massachusetts has announced a rebranding of its regional employment offices as part of a campaign to get the long-term unemployed back to work.

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.

" We  are rebranding our efforts so that job seekers know how many services we offer to the job seeker and to the employer."

    Long-term unemployment affects millions of Americans.

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.

Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

    Unemployment is a national problem, especially since the recession.

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.

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.


  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.