NYS: HIRE Act Could Put Significant Dent in WNY Unemployment Rate

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2010 at 6:35 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2010 at 6:35 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) -- Junius Baines has been searching for a job as a CNA for the past month, but the search can be exhausting. "I still have some hope. There are jobs out there if you're efficient and work hard to look for them. It's like a job (to find) a job."

Baines is looking forward to the federal government's new plan to spur employment. The HIRE Act gives employers tax breaks for new hires. "It could put a dent in the unemployment rate in Western New York. " according to the Commissioner's Regional Representative for NYS Department of Labor, Cesar Cabrera.

There are few stipulations. Businesses need to hire people who have been unemployed for at least two months, and hire them before January 1, 2011. In exchange, a company will receive a 6.2 percent payroll tax cut on wages paid between March 18, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

Critics say the new law will not significantly impact unemployment rates. The NYS Department of Labor agrees that training programs for job seekers along with other incentives for business owners are necessary to make long lasting improvements. Job seeker Junius Baines says the HIRE Act is a good start. "That would be a great incentive for employers because it would be helping me too. If you give them an incentive, we'll be helping each other out."