Construction jobs in the Northeast have boomed. On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept through New York and New Jersey killing approximately 72 people. The storm caused massive destruction. It shattered the lives and properties of thousands. Nearly one month later, various parts of New York and New Jersey are still flooded. Many communities remain under evacuation.
According to Economic Outlook Group, a New Jersey research company, hiring and reconstruction efforts may reach billions of dollars. This could increase U.S. economic growth by 0.5 percent. Constructions jobs stand to increase. According to experts, the construction industry will experience a modest job increase during the first quarter of 2013. Construction firms, general contractors, and the federal government will hire skilled workers. The effort will attempt to rebuild all that Hurricane Sandy destroyed. The storm caused approximately 50 billion dollars in property damage.
Skilled workers have started re-locating to New York and New Jersey leading to construction jobs opportunities. Construction companies have started opening satellite offices and collaborating with local companies in an effort to take advantage of business opportunities. Many local construction companies have already hired additional professionals. Other construction firms are finding it a bit challenging to recruit local experienced and skilled workers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State has received funds to assist workers who lost jobs due to Hurricane Sandy. This includes those who were unemployed before the storm occurred. Construction jobs are in demand. Applicants can access the New York State Department of Labor’s website for more information https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/. Applicants can also inquire about these positions via telephone by contacting the New York State Department of Labor at 1-888-469-7635.
In addition, an online application is available at this link, https://www.labor.ny.gov/secure/neg/2012-hurricane-sandy-form.asp .
Governor Cuomo has also partnered with FEMA to offer jobs for the recovery effort. FEMA has a few construction jobs available. The FEMA website can be accessed from this link, http://newyork.us.jobs/results.asp?si=427210168&pi=1&ri=1&so=relevance&as=crep&cname=FEMA%20Region%20II
Construction jobs will have opportunities to pursue in the New York and New Jersey areas during the next several months. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urges workers and members of the public involved in Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts to be cognizant of the hazards they might encounter and become familiar with protection and prevention strategies. Robert Kulick, OSHA’s New York regional administrator stated the agency wanted workers to be aware of the hazards involved in cleanup and take the necessary precautions to prevent serious injuries.
For skilled construction workers looking for work in the New York and New Jersey areas, the links below may be beneficial to your job search.
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