NY Labor

The New York State Department of Labor (“NYS Dept of Labor” or “NY Labor”) assists both employers, employees and former employees with various aspects related to jobs and the New York State job market. Some of these important functions include managing the NY State unemployment benefits program, providing labor related statistics for various employment and New York State unemployment indicators, information to employers related to New York payroll taxes and other tax obligations related to businesses inside the state of New York, and providing information to people who are looking for a new job. These different functions are discussed in more detail below.

Unemployment Benefits

NYS unemployment insurance payments are managed through the NY Labor department. In order to qualify for benefits through the Labor Department you must be out of a job or are working part-time hours and cannot make enough money to make a living. Additionally, you must be active in looking for new or improved employment and have earned a sufficient amount of income during the previous two years before you apply for benefits.

You can apply for unemployment benefits either through the NYS unemployment insurance office website, over the Department’s unemployment hotline or by mailing an application to a local Department office.

Labor Statistics

The NY Labor Department also tracks a myriad of statistics regarding different aspects of employment, unemployment, compensation amounts, industry trends and more. They provide several different reports, which are available on their website and at a local office for pickup, for patrons to review. The key employment-related statistics are updated by the Department on a monthly basis. These statistics include the state-wide unemployment rate, the state-wide number of unemployed individuals who have abandoned their efforts to find a new job and the general employment trends across various industries and sectors.

Payroll Taxes

All employers who hire employees within the State of New York are required to pay a percentage of the amount of each employee’s paycheck to the NY Labor Department. These payroll taxes are used to fund the New York unemployment benefits program. Like most tax regulations, it can be quite confusing to understand when you must pay the payroll tax, how much and when certain exemptions apply. The NYS Dept of Labor attempts to simplify things for you with their tax explanations provided on their website.

Job Opportunities

For those who are enrolled in the New York State unemployment benefits program or for those who are just interested in new employment, the NYS Dept of Labor offers a variety of resources. These resources include Department-sponsored job fairs, clinics to learn how to improve your interview skills and the look of your resume. Of course, you can also look for new jobs through the Department’s website – both government-related openings and private company positions (through a state-sponsored job portal). Employers can also post new job openings through the Department’s website.

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