FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES RECORD JOB PLACEMENTS IN THIRD QUARTER OF 2009
Despite National Downturn, New Yorkers Were Placed in Nearly 7,000 Jobs in the Third Quarter of 2009, On Pace to Meet Goal of 20,000 This Year Set in Mayor's State of the City Speech
Providing Job Training for New Yorkers and Helping Place Them in Jobs Is a Central Part of the Bloomberg Administration's Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber and Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh today announced that despite the economic downturn, the City placed New Yorkers in 6,802 jobs in the third quarter this year, up nearly 60 percent from 2008. After a record high 17,000 job placements in 2008, the City is on pace to make more than 20,000 job placements by the end of this year, reaching the goal Mayor Bloomberg set in his 2009 State of the City speech. Providing job training for New Yorkers and helping place them in jobs is a central part of the Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan to create jobs for New Yorkers today, implement a vision for long-term economic growth, and build affordable, attractive neighborhoods.
“Despite the national economic downturn, which continues to make for trying times for many New Yorkers, our efforts to place people in jobs are paying off in record numbers,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Eight years ago, the City’s workforce centers were placing New Yorkers in roughly 500 jobs a year. This year, we placed them in more than 6,800 – just in the last three months. We have a lot of work still to do to bounce back from the national recession, but the 20,000 New Yorkers we’ll place in jobs this year demonstrate that by being proactive, we can make real differences in people’s lives.”
“The Mayor has challenged us with an ambitious goal to connect more New Yorkers with jobs, especially during these difficult times,” said Small Business Services Commissioner Walsh. “We just delivered a record breaking quarter for job placements and we will continue work even harder at our career centers.”
Through the first nine months of 2009, the City has helped place New Yorkers in 17,305 jobs citywide, including 4,526 job placements in the Bronx; 3,043 job placements in Brooklyn; 2,677 job placements in Manhattan; 5,534 job placements in Queens; and 1,525 job placements in Staten Island. The top sectors in which New Yorkers have been placed in jobs include retail; healthcare and social assistance; accommodation and food services; administrative support; waste management and remediation services; professional, scientific, and technical services; and transportation and warehousing.
The placement rates are a result of the strong foundation the City built for its training and placement system as well as several recent enhancements including the extension of the hours of operation at the Workforce1 Career Centers in all five boroughs. The Centers are now open until 8:00 p.m. three days a week, and also on the first and third Saturdays of each month. In addition, Workforce1 Career Centers' staff focuses on finding jobs for individuals in fields that have a high demand for jobs. Small Business Services has been working with the NYC Labor Market Information Service, NYC Workforce Investment Board and the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center of the CUNY to determine industries with potential for growth.
Last year, Mayor Bloomberg announced 18 initiatives to help New Yorkers weather the economic downturn. The initiatives were designed to create jobs, support the City’s small businesses and homeowners, and provide targeted relief to the City’s most vulnerable populations. As part of the plan, the Administration has implemented several initiatives to provide support to the City’s workforce system including: expanding capacity at existing Workforce1 Career Centers; creating Careerlinknyc.com, a comprehensive website to assist laid-off workers; upgrading Workforce1 Career Center technology infrastructure by investing nearly $3 million to enhance the process of matching jobseekers to job opportunities; and opening two new sector-based career centers over the next two months.
In 2003, Mayor Bloomberg started the transformation of the City’s workforce development system by consolidating the City’s adult workforce development programs with the Department of Small Business Services. The strategy was designed to link workforce development with business needs and to benefit from New York City’s strengths: more than 200,000 small businesses, hundreds of neighborhoods with distinct cultural and economic characteristics, and a diverse labor force. Since the Workforce1 Career Centers opened 2004, the City has placed more than 80,000 New Yorkers in jobs.
Working with businesses is an integral part of Small Business Services’ approach to workforce development. Small Business Services’ NYC Business Solutions provide services that help business start, operate, and expand throughout the five boroughs, with account mangers helping local businesses to recruit New Yorkers with the right skill sets.
New Yorkers are also benefiting from new job training programs being funded with money received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide additional job training and placement services over the next two years. The funding is being directed to new and existing programs offered through the Workforce1 Career Centers in all five boroughs.
New York City’s Workforce1 Career Centers reach New Yorkers across the City's five boroughs. New Yorkers can find and prepare for employment with free services including career counseling; advice on how to interview for a job; assistance creating resumes and cover letters; job placement services; career workshops; employer recruitment events; and connection to occupational skills training. New Yorkers can find their nearest Workforce1 Career Center by calling 311.
The Bloomberg Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city’s economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York City on a path to economic recovery and growth. To learn more about the plan, visit nyc.gov.
Recent Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan announcements to help diversify the New York City economy include:
Other recent Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan announcements include:
Stu Loeser / Andrew Brent (212) 788-2958
Laura Postiglione (Small Business Services)