At this rate, the City is on track to experience the largest annual job growth since the State Labor Department began reporting these numbers. These figures also underscore that our business-friendly policies and tax-cutting strategies are working to produce more jobs for New Yorkers, including the new jobs we created in July alone.
However, in this age of company mergers and downsizing, some New Yorkers may at some time in their careers find themselves displaced, confused, and concerned about the security of their future, and need temporary assistance in obtaining employment and restoring their independence and self-esteem.
Fortunately, help is available under the City's Dislocated Worker Services program. When a company plans to downsize or initiate a layoff, Department of Employment (DOE) staff visits the company, informs its employees of available services, and assists them in securing appropriate resources to prepare for re-employment.
An important part of the program is its Worker Career Centers located throughout the five boroughs. The centers offer employment and training services for dislocated workers and provide access to agencies such as the State Department of Labor's Community Service Centers, which furnishes unemployment insurance and re-employment assistance; the City's Administration for Children Services for child care issues; the New York City Housing Authority, and the City's Department for the Aging.
A variety of Re-employment Services are offered at the Worker Career Centers, including labor market information, career counseling workshops, job preparation, resume writing, job search assistance, interviewing skills and networking, as well as job development. A tuition assistance program is also available for short-term course work leading to employment.
Another important feature of the program is Retraining Services. Approximately 30 community-based organizations, educational institutions, and for-profit schools offer short-term job training, career counseling, and job placement in such diverse fields as bookkeeping, computers, auto service technician, cable installation, pharmacy and electronics.
Included among the training programs are contracts with businesses offering on-the-job training, which enable laid-off workers to immediately re-enter the workforce, train in a new field and earn a salary while learning new skills. Additional educational services include basic or remedial education to enhance employment prospects, and English-as-a-second-language courses.
Last year, nearly 1,000 displaced workers benefitted educationally by receiving over $2 million in tuition assistance, and another 3,000 individuals were placed in unsubsidized employment at an average starting salary of $11-an-hour. Approximately 2,000 workers received retraining services from skills training organizations, and roughly 1,300 were placed in training-related jobs.
If you've lost a job, there is consolation in knowing that the City's Dislocated Worker Services program is here to help you. Applicants will receive immediate assistance by calling the nearest Worker Career Center: in Manhattan (212) 621-0702; Brooklyn (718) 694-9100; the Bronx (718) 402-1010; Queens (718) 544-5490; and in Staten Island (718) 390-8497.
The City is committed to helping its residents get back on the employment track and to keeping all of New York working, because a job is the very best social program that there is.