New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of two new interactive online dashboards to improve access to unemployment data for all New Yorkers supporting the governor’s commitment to data transparency and modernization.


“My administration has been committed to transparency since the beginning, and we will continue to prioritize advancements that allow New Yorkers to learn about what their government is doing for them,” Governor Hochul said in a press release.


The Local Area Unemployment Statistics dashboard provides monthly and annual employment, unemployment, labor force, and unemployment rate data for New York State, labor market regions, metropolitan areas, counties, workforce investment regions, and municipalities of at least 25,000 people.


The Unemployment Insurance (UI) dashboard contains weekly data on benefits paid, beneficiaries, and initial claims sorted by region, industry, and program. Data for the UI dashboard is available for New York State’s 10 labor market regions, as well as out-of-state residents who were employed in New York and qualify for New York UI benefits.


“By making these new dashboards from the Department of Labor available to the public, it will streamline the process and allow New Yorkers to obtain data quickly and easily. This will give New Yorkers a clear picture of how our labor market is doing,” Governor Hochul said.


Additionally, the distribution of this data will help to better connect New Yorkers to the resources and support they need, the governor’s office stated.


“These new, innovative data dashboards will not only support our long-term goal of increased transparency but will also improve accessibility to data for State, local, and Federal government groups, as well as private citizens accessing the data to report on or assess labor market conditions,” New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said.


The data available on these dashboards can also help inform and help determine eligibility for Federal assistance programs that benefit New York State and inform state and local budgetary processes. In addition, private industry, researchers, the media, and other individuals can also use the data to assess local labor market conditions and compare them to other regions.


“Initiatives like these bring New York State into the future and show how technological innovation can further progress across our State and change the lives of the people we serve,” Reardon said.

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Lisbeth Perez
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Lisbeth Perez is a MeriTalk State and Local Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.