The commissioner for the state Department of Labor made a stop in Cooperstown on Thursday. Her goal was to talk about the progress that has been made and what the department can do to help employers and employees here in our region.
Commissioner Roberta Reardon spoke at the Otesaga Hotel to business leaders and major local employers. She highlighted the governor's agenda and the progress that has been made under his administration.
Reardon mentioned lower unemployment numbers from 8.3 percent to 4. 7, and in the Mohawk Valley it's 5.7 percent.
She also spoke about how the Department of Labor is often seen as a records and enforcement agency, but Reardon says they offer so much more to help businesses.
“If you're in a job and you want to upscale and you don't know where to go for training, come in and talk to our career counselors and they can give you the names of approved providers for training in your area,” Reardon said. “If you're an employer and … you need workers and you don't know where to find them, list your jobs for free on the governor’s job bank and we will connect those jobs with our thousands of job seekers that we work with every year. We’re there to help.”
Reardon also spoke about how the state will offer eight hearings for the public to have a conversation with state officials on any minimum wage issues.
You can find a list of those meetings here.