By: Dave Gordon

The 55,000 New Yorkers who had already exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits will receive an additional 20 weeks of coverage, thanks to an extension signed by President Obama. The act was legislated in recognition of the fact that there is currently only one job opening for every six unemployed New Yorkers. New York has 81 One-Stop Centers with experts to help in job searches. Other government programs for the unemployed include the Department of Labor’s On-the-Job Training program and new opportunities targeting the clean energy sector. New Yorkers interested in pursuing a career in this field are encouraged to visit the Green Careers NY website at www.greencareersny.com.