New Yorkers Continue To Search For Jobs
The city has added thousands of jobs since the recession but the unemployment rate is still hovering near 10 percent. It's a statistic that's confounded economists but it really means thousands of New Yorkers are still looking for work. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
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Saulo Quinoez has been handing out his resume for six months.
"The reason why its been difficult, I don't have the experience in my field," he said. "I have a clean record, a clean system but it's been hard for me right now."
He wants to be a security guard but for the time being, he is one of the 9.7 percent unemployed New Yorkers.
For those dropping by a job recruitment center run by the city in Brooklyn, it might actually be worse. The unemployment rate there is 10.5 percent, which means making your case for a job is all the more competitive.
The city has actually gained back all of the jobs it lost in the recession. And in the past year, job growth here surpassed every other large urban area. It's a fact Mayor Michael Bloomberg likes to tout.
"We understand that it's our responsibility to create jobs and we know how to do it," he said Friday.
But here in Brooklyn, it's not that simple.
"I graduated college thinking that was going to do it for me," said one person attending the fair. "I have a degree now, so that means I have a job and that's not what ends up being the case."
"Constantly, people telling you 'Don't call us, we'll call you,'" said another attendee. "It hasn't been a good experience at all."
Many of the jobs the city has replaced are in lower-wage industries and some of them are part-time, which is part of the reason why the city's poverty rate is climbing.
"Even though the city got back to the level of jobs it had before the recession started, it's not enough jobs to basically get the unemployment rate down to where it was before," said Martin Kohli of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So to make ends meet, applicants at Tuesday's job fair will take what they can get. Quinoez got on interview for Wednesday but it's not in security. It's in retail.