State working to reduce jobless claims backlog

Job seekers connect with employers at a job fair hosted by the WorkPlace in Watertown in October. Watertown Daily Times

WATERTOWN — New Yorkers are losing their jobs faster than the national average, according to a survey conduced by the U.S. Department of Labor. While the state has lost 18.8 percent of jobs that were filled in March, the national average is 13.5 percent.

Jefferson County has lost 6,300 government and private sector jobs, a drop of 15.4 percent from March of this year. Overall, the north country counties of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence have lost 13 percent of their April job numbers.

As New Yorkers lose their jobs, unemployment rolls have ballooned accordingly. The state has seen 931,600 new jobless individuals seek assistance from the state unemployment system, the largest monthly increase ever.

The hardest-hit sector of the state economy has been the leisure and hospitality industries. Since April 2019, hotels and food service businesses like restaurants and bars have cut 533,500 positions. Trade, transport and utilities have also been hard-hit, with retail stores specifically cutting 229,000 jobs since last year.

The health care and social assistance industries have also seen a dramatic cut to jobs, with outpatient health care losing 87,400 jobs since this time last year.

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Mike from Casar

These are the "non-essentials"

New York nursing homes were forced to accept more than 4,500 coronavirus patients from hospitals thanks to an order from Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a tally by The Associated Press found.

Cuomo has come under heated criticism for his March 25 order forcing recovering COVID-19 patients into New York nursing homes — a decision blamed for the state’s high body count among the elderly. The governor waited roughly six weeks before reversing the order on May 10.


Is there some relationship between your comments and the article about NYS and county unemployment?

BTW you left out "Northwell Health said three of its medical centers were so overtaxed at one point they had to put some ICU patients in hallways. To relieve pressure, the company eventually sent more than 1,700 COVID-19 patients to nursing homes."


BTW you left out “New York nursing homes were forced to accept more than 4,500 Coronavirus patients from hospitals thanks to an order from Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.” He’s the ‘gold standard’ of incompetence...


Disgraced NYS. The doors are open and people are fleeing! Do you see it eagle the cupcake.

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