Posted at: 10/18/2012 5:32 PM
| Updated at: 10/18/2012 6:12 PM
By: John McLoughlin
According to the State Labor Department, the number of private sector jobs in New York is at an all-time high. 2,900 new jobs were added just last month.
But the unemployment rate continues to be bleak. Look at the numbers, and you can see that unemployment last month was still much higher than it was a year ago. 8.9% in September, compared with just 8.3% one year ago.
The labor department believes the more accurate reflection of the economy is the "jobs-added" figure
Still, thousands and thousands of New Yorkers have been out of work for a long, long time
Right here in the Capital District, 9,700, nearly 10,000 people in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties are jobless for more than six months. Governor Cuomo is trying to do something about that.
Barbara Clements of Amsterdam has been without a job for two years now. She says: "Now that we're doing this little interview on TV, hopefully someone will see and something will open up"
Three years out of work, and Jim Jordan fears losing his home
Jim Jordan says it is "Dire financial straits at this time."
Lisa Coutts has a PhD in chemistry, but she has not had a job in 2 ½ years.
Lisa says, "You send in your resumes, and it's like sending it to the black hole of despair for resumes..."
All three of them were at the Zaloga VFW Post Thursday for the latest in a series of statewide sessions ordered by the governor to help the long-term unemployed, those on unemployment for six months or more
Leo Rosales says "There is life after the six month period following when they lost their jobs and there are jobs out there and we know how to connect them to those..."
Barbara Clements had been an executive assistant, but, she has no college degree
Bara Clements says "I went to one interview, and the manager told me that one of his secretaries had a PhD. And I said 'what'?"
Leo Rosales says "There is hope out there and we can connect them to those companies with jobs."