Employment picture addressed


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE — There are two sides to the employment picture: those seeking work and those seeking employees. Often the picture is one of two ships passing in the night.

When the Hamilton County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) met on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Indian Lake county building, both aspects of the picture were up for discussion.

Several things were made abundantly clear. There is money available for the unemployed and the underemployed to receive training and there is money available to encourage employers to hire people looking for work.

The county has about $30,000 available through several programs for adults and youths to train for jobs and the NYS Department of Labor (DOL) has $4.2 million from the Federal Emergency Training Grant for the long-term unemployed to get the training they need to find a job.

There are tax credits of up to $2,400 to employers who hire targeted groups (11 groups in all) such as welfare and SNAP recipients, and up to $9,600 for those who hire veterans.

For more information on tax credits available through DOL, contact Stacy Soucy at 518-561-0430 or email him at stacy.soucy@labor.ny.gov

Soucy said, “Job seekers need to know money is available for training.”

Those seeking work and those seeking employees can connect with each other at One-Stop Career Centers at http://labor.ny.gov/workforcenypartners/osview.asp

Local assistance for both employers and those looking for work can be had by calling Kimberly Byrne at 518-548-3108 or by emailing her at OneWorkSource@HamiltonCountyNY.gov

Adirondacks Teleworks founder Bill Murphy and Indian Lake Councilwoman Sally Stanton reported on a recent trip down to Frontier in Amsterdam where they learned teleworks jobs with Frontier are serious, high paying jobs with good benefits but are not stay at home jobs where you lounge about in your pj’s and just answer the phone a couple of times a day.

Stanton said, “The training program lasts for six months. You have to allocate space in your home for an office. You get a half hour for lunch and two 15 minute breaks. You have to monitor several screens at once and you are constantly being monitored.”

But teleworking jobs are many, available and exist beyond just Frontier. In fact, as of this past September, there are 168,558 people employed as teleworkers by the Federal government.

For more information about Adirondack Teleworks, visit the web site at http://www.adirondackteleworks.com/ where you can look for jobs available or call 518-648-5489.