Mayor Bill de Blasio launches new task force that will create jobs, help unemployed and under-employed

The mayor made the announcement from the Brooklyn Army Terminal after touring Altronix, an electronics manufacturer. (5/20/14)

SUNSET PARK - Mayor Bill de Blasio is launching a new task force to tackle long-term  unemployment in New York City.

The team, dubbed Jobs for New Yorkers, will help create skilled jobs and then match workers with the occupation specifically suited for them.

The mayor made the announcement from the Brooklyn Army Terminal after touring Altronix, an electronics manufacturer.

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The unit is made up of 30 people from both private and public sectors. They will focus on creating long-term employment opportunities in skilled jobs that pay well.

The task force will also look at how to use $500 million budgeted for workforce programs and education resources to help the unemployed and under-employed.

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