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Funding to Decrease NYS Unemployment

Written By: Asha McKenzie
Funding to Decrease NYS Unemployment

ELMIRA (WENY) -- Millions of dollars in funding is coming to New York State, hoping to decrease the unemployment rate.
     Under the National Emergency Grant over 6 million dollars is going to job training.
     But will the Southern Tier see any of that money? 
     New York State has received the highest amount possible from the federal government but most of that money will be used to improve services in downstate communities.
     This National Emergency grant program by the State Labor department will get the long term unemployed the training to connect them to available jobs.
     Charles Peacock, Executive Director of CSS WorkForce New York says the Southern Tier received 26 thousand dollars in federal funding for customized training, last year.
     "Assuming that we have the access to it," said Peacock. "Our intention is to focus on our customized types of training on the job training, things like that in Chemung Steuben and Schuyler Counties."
     While this latest round of funding may focus more on job services in downstate counties, Peacock says his agency will still apply for assistance.
     "What we're hoping is if we have access to the money is to provide assistance to the businesses," says Peacock. "So that they can have an opportunity to create apprenticeship programs."
     Since last year, the unemployment rates in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties have dropped.
     Currently, Chemung County's unemployment rate as of May of this is 6.5%, Steuben County stands at 7.2% and Schuyler County is 5.8%.
     Now Peacock says On the state level, CSS workforce NY will receive funding from the Workforce Investment Act beginning next month.