A resilient economy hinges on the strength and satisfaction of its workforce. Franklin County is currently experiencing historically low unemployment, with an impressive rate of just 3%. This means that almost everyone who seeks employment is successful.
The job landscape is brimming with possibilities as job search engines showcase a multitude of available positions, and ‘Help Wanted’ signs adorn establishments throughout the county. From our largest institutions to cherished local businesses, job opportunities abound. While this presents an exciting prospect for job seekers, it does pose challenges for employers striving to fill key positions.
Our shared objective is to elevate the labor participation rate, cultivating a larger pool of skilled individuals ready to fulfill the needs of our businesses and institutions. We also want to make sure workers are fully employed and able to secure positions that match their training, experience and desired wages.
We are incredibly fortunate to have so many local and state partners working to prepare and train the Adirondack Frontier’s dedicated workforce.
- OneWork Source Center: Located in Malone, the OneWork Source Center serves as a one-stop shop for people exploring new career opportunities._This center offers a wealth of resources to empower individuals on their career journey, reflecting our dedication to creating a resilient workforce equipped for success.
- FEH BOCES: FEH BOCES is equipping high school students with practical skills that bridge the gap between education and real-world experience. Ranging from the building trades to early childhood education, BOCES provides training programs in 11 different skill areas. These initiatives are essential in nurturing the next generation of skilled workers and entrepreneurs.
- Higher Education Institutions: Our institutions, North Country Community College and Paul Smith’s College, play an invaluable role in molding the workforce of tomorrow. By offering relevant education and training, they are fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs and skilled professionals, infusing fresh energy into our economy.
- North Country Workforce Development Board & Partnership Board: The organization is collaborative public-private partnership, which links businesses, government bodies, schools, higher education institutions, labor representatives, and community organizations to achieve the goal of implementing creative solutions for the North Country’s workforce and education challenges.
- New York State Department of Labor: Through its regional offices and local staff, the Department of Labor supports workers to employment, training and up-skilling opportunities and supports New York’s businesses by helping them find qualified workers providing tools and incentives to help them thrive.
Our collective efforts are central to creating a skilled, adaptable, and resilient workforce that fuels the growth of the Adirondack Frontier.