SYRACUSE N.Y.- Unemployment has affected many American citizens. Specifically, here in the Syracuse area, the unemployment rate reached an all-time high at 18.6 % this past July. Thousands of Syracuse residents have lost their jobs or been furloughed due to the CCOVID-19 pandemic. Leaving many not knowing what to do.
Margaret Martin, a Syracuse resident, and mother of two was recently furloughed from her job as a youth librarian at Petit Library. “It’s been sad, I hope to eventually land a library job as a librarian,” Martin said. Martin has kept busy by staying at home and raise her two children. But misses pursuing her passion.
Luckily for those like Margaret and thousands of other unemployed Syracuse residents, CNY Works is a non-profit organization career center that helps those unemployed obtain jobs. Lenore Sealy the executive director of the organization says once the pandemic struck things got busy really quick. CNY works specialize in helping those find jobs in times of need. “ We provide people who are looking for work, job seekers with the labor market, information career development services, job-seeking skills. We provide workshops to help individuals honed skills such as interviewing, how to write a good resume,” Sealy said.
A positive is that the Syracuse unemployment rate has decreased by almost half since July and now stands at 9.7 %. Sealy and her organization look to continue to help those like Margaret and many more as times hopefully continue to ease their way back into normality.