From the NY Post:
No recovery here.
While economists say the Great Recession has ended and numbers out of Washington say the economy is growing at a robust pace, the local jobs picture remains bleak -- with just 21,500 city jobs in the state Labor Department's Jobs Bank for the 425,000 unemployed to fight over.
That works out to 20 people vying for every position.
The Big Apple's unemployment rate jumped to 10.6 percent in December, or 425,000 people, the latest figures available, from 10 percent the previous month and 7 percent a year earlier. In the past 12 months, 145,000 city residents have lost their jobs.
I have come up with a few ideas for a "Bloomberg Job Corps" that would put more of us to work right away.
Number One, there are now so many painted bike and other lanes around NYC that we could put thousands of people to work repainting them.
And since we wouldn't be able to pay the painters enough to afford rent, we could set up Depression-style tent camps along the lanes they maintain -- or just designate a "tent lane" in between the bike lanes, bus lanes, and dotted "Bozo lanes".
And when the crews have every line & lane painted thick and fresh as frosting, we could extend bike lanes into the subway, into airport terminals, and up escalators!