Helping to close the digital divide by providing broadband to rural New York is a great way to further boost the state’s economy, as this report from YNN indicates. Not only will it help further business ties with Canadian high-tech companies, but it will also aid job searching efforts.
With so many companies hiring and communicating with applicants online, the increased availability of broadband in Upstate New York will provide yet another opportunity to further the state’s recovery.
March unemployment rates for non-metropolitan counties, including Lewis County (one of the first to benefit from this project), have some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Lewis came in with 11.1%, Oswego with 11.0% and Jefferson and St. Lawrence with 10.9%. The statewide average is 8.0% and nationally unemployment is at 9.2%.
More and more companies are utilizing online job boards, such as our own OnlineEmploymentCenter.com and HomecareEmploymentCenter.com to list new openings and accept applications. Not to mention the increased use of social media like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn adopted across the board to interact with potential applicants and promote job opportunities. Broadband will make it easier for job hunters to actively search and market themselves to hiring companies.
As this project continues, the combination of building business relationships and offering better job searching tools has the potential to greatly improve the jobless rate in New York State. Do you agree? Are you or someone you know benefiting from this project? Share your opinions on the latest unemployment rates and broadband effort going on in New York State!
For more information on the issue of the “Digital Divide” check out this article from Mashable’s Blog.