May 22, 2014 — On Monday, the state Department of Labor said unemployment in New York is down to its lowest level since December 2008. This news is good, but it's complicated.
Elsewhere on the unemployment front: Since last year, the long-term unemployed - people out of work for more than 26 weeks - have been trying to get by without help from the government. There used to be assistance for people caught in the rut of long-term unemployment. But Congress didn't include jobless insurance when it passed the budget in December. Go to full article
Critics say the Department of Labor "scrubbed" its website of documents about child safety on farms
Sep 26, 2011 — The state department of labor last week released numbers that show unemployment is down in the North Country. Last year at this time, the unemployment rate was 8.8%--now it's 8.4%.
St. Lawrence County had the largest decline, with August unemployment down .8% from July.
Any good economic numbers sound like good news, but unemployment statistics don't necessarily give a complete picture.
For example, they don't count people who've given up looking, or who are working part-time but would like to work more--or people who can't afford to work. Nora Flaherty took a look at what the numbers do--and don't--tell us. Go to full article
May 15, 2007 — General Motors' decision follows a trend that has rapidly decimated the high-wage manufacturing jobs that once sustained North Country towns like Newton Falls and Malone. Alan Beideck is an analyst with the New York state Department of Labor, based in Saranac Lake. According to Beideck, manufacturing jobs will be hard to replace. Factory jobs in St. Lawrence County pay an average salary of around $51,000 a year. That compares with just $31,000 for most of the county's workers. Go to full article