A recent report by the New York State Department of Labor relayed that the city's unemployment rate hit 10 percent in June. Despite that unsettling news, there are some industries in NYC that are hiring. Read on to find out the status of job creation in fields such as media, health care, digital and more, and find out who is hiring now.
The city’s most recent budget, released in June, allocated funds to increase the number of teachers in the public schools. According to Dr. James A. Parrott, deputy director and chief economist of the Fiscal Policy Institute (fiscalpolicy.org), that means “[there’s] an opportunity for growth in the teacher workforce we haven’t seen in a few years.” Additionally, private education has experienced an “explosion of growth,” thanks to areas such as evaluation, testing, tutoring and consulting.
According to the New York State Department of Labor (DOL), the number of health-care positions hit a record high in 2009, but Parrott notes that hospital closings, declines in health-insurance reimbursements and a decrease in the length of hospital stays have significantly slowed down employment since. Right now, the jobs are in home health care: The DOL reports that personal and home-care aides represent the third-fastest-growing occupation in the city, with a projected 115,120 jobs in existence by 2018.
Media is a broad industry, and areas like publishing, broadcasting and telecommunication have downsized over the years, says Parrott. The DOL projects only 400 editorial jobs opening annually, with reporters, correspondents and photographers averaging only 80 new jobs a year. But some positions have sprung up: Chris Coffey of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment says industries such as film and television entertainment are booming, and a recent report by the Boston Consulting Group notes an increase of 30,000 local jobs in that sector since 2004. The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (nyc.gov/film) offers job listings, as well as training opportunities for those interested in the film biz.
“The city estimates around 120,000 jobs in the tech sector in New York City [this year],” says Coffey, whose Made in NY Digital Map (mappedinny.com) shows at least 900 companies in the industry that are hiring (including Foursquare, OkCupid and Meetup). The DOL reports that a number of tech-related occupations are increasing: Among the fastest-growing positions in the city are network systems and data communications analysts.
Safari Restaurant NYC
Safari isn’t just the only Somali restaurant in Harlem—it’s the only one in all five boroughs. Start off with an appetizer of sambuza, a pocket of flaky dough filled with beef or chicken ($8 for two). Those who have never tried Somali food before might want to order the popular hilib ari, roasted goat served with basmati rice ($18), or chicken suqaar, a spicy stew served with chapatti bread ($15). The slow-cooked mango curry chicken served with a side of biryani ($16) is another customer favorite. Save room for malab iyo malawax, crepes drizzled with honey and dusted with sugar ($6). White grapefruit juice ($4) or Somali coffee infused with ginger ($3) complement the meal.
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